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Author Shneidman, Edwin S.

Title Comprehending suicide : landmarks in 20th-century suicidology / Edwin Shneidman
Edition First edition
Published Washington, DC : American Psychological Association, [2001]


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Description xiv, 215 pages ; 26 cm
Contents I. Historical and Literary Insights -- Ch. 1. History of Suicide: Voluntary Death in Western Culture / Georges Minois -- Ch. 2. The Savage God: A Study of Suicide / A. Alvarez -- II. Sociological Insights -- Ch. 3. Suicide: A Study in Sociology / Emile Durkheim -- Ch. 4. Suicide: A Sociological and Statistical Study / Louis I. Dublin -- Ch. 5. The Thorn in the Chrysanthemum: Suicide and Economic Success in Modern Japan / Mamoru Iga -- III. Biological Insights -- Ch. 6. The Neurobiology of Suicide: From the Bench to the Clinic / David M. Stoff and J. John Mann -- IV. Psychiatric and Psychological Insights -- Ch. 7. Man Against Himself / Karl A. Menninger -- Ch. 8. Suicides / Jean Baechler -- Ch. 9. The Inman Diary: A Public and Private Confession / Daniel Aaron -- Ch. 10. Essential Papers on Suicide / John T. Maltsberger and Mark J. Goldblatt -- V. Insights on Survivors and Volunteers -- Ch. 11. Survivors of Suicide / Albert C. Cain
Ch. 12. The Samaritans: Befriending the Suicidal / Chad Varah -- Ch. 13. The Enigma of Suicide / George Howe Colt
Summary Drawing on more than 60 years of experience studying suicide, the author has gathered in one book 13 works of the 20th century that offer invaluable insights on suicide and on responses to it. The book begins with a brief history of the phenomenon. Engaging reviews of the landmark publications open each chapter. The chapters also reproduce the title page and table of contents of the original book, before providing a few pages from the original tests to give the reader authentic samples of the original author's own voice. Taken together, the chapters reflect historical, literary, sociological, biological, psychiatric, psychological, survivor, and volunteer points of view. Featured last is a discussion of the author's key beliefs arrived at after a lifetime of study. This book will provide a unique reading experience for people doing research and for those helping to prevent suicide through community intervention or clinical practice. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2004 APA, all rights reserved)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and indexes
Subject Suicide.
Suicide -- Miscellanea.
Genre/Form Trivia and miscellanea.
LC no. 00065066
ISBN 1557987432
Other Titles Landmarks in twentieth century suicidology