Suicide in America

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1996 - Psychology - 312 pages
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Who commits suicide in this country, and why? Should we legalize assisted suicide and euthanasia? What has the last decade taught us about those who are suicidal? In this new edition of his acclaimed work, Dr. Herbert Hendin addresses these and other important questions. Demonstrating that treatment of seriously suicidal people is possible, he also shows how our social policy toward suicide is marked by misconception. He evaluates the "right-to-die" movement, and in a comprehensive new chapter he presents a powerful portrait of euthanasia and assisted suicide in the Netherlands. Interviews with the leading practitioners and proponents are included. This book, integrating psychological and social knowledge, has much to say not only about how we die but also about how we choose to live.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
9
A Psychosocial Perspective
35
Suicide among the Young
51
Suicide among Older People
81
Suicide and Violence
107
Suicide and Homosexuality
129
Suicide and Alcoholism
147
Method and Motive
167
Psychotherapy and Suicide
185
Suicide Prevention
203
Involuntary Commitment
214
Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia
236
References
279
Index
299
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Meanings of Life
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About the author (1996)

Herbert Hendin, M.D., is executive director of the American Suicide Foundation and professor of psychiatry at New York Medical College. He lives in New York.

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