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Comprehending Suicide: Landmarks in 20th-Century Suicidologyby Edwin S Shneidman
Synopses & Reviews
This definitive source on suicide research effectively stimulates readers to a deeper and more practical understanding of the topic. Drawing on more than 60 years of experience in the field of suicidology, Edwin S. Shneidman has compiled and reflected on the 13 most thought-provoking works on suicide from the 20th century, offering invaluable insights into this phenomenon. Serving a large audience, this volume will be of interest to those doing research, those helping prevent suicide through community intervention or clinical practice, and those who have been touched by suicide in some personal capacity.
Book News Annotation:
Shneidman (thanatology, UCLA; founder, Am. Assn. of Suicidology) has studied suicide for more than 60 years. Here he treats the topic from several perspectives—historical, literary, sociological, biological, psychiatric, psychological— and from the points of view of survivor and volunteer, to help readers better understand what suicide is and how it might be prevented. Each chapter centers around a previously-published book considered by Shneidman as one of the best 20th-century works on the topic, dating from nearly 100 years ago to the present. Each chapter includes a short essay by Shneidman, followed by a selection from the original text. Intended for specialists, as well as general readers who've been touched in any way by suicide.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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