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September 8, 1999

SuicideThe Harvard Medical School Guide to Suicide Assessment and Intervention

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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edited by Douglas G. Jacobs, 704 pp, with illus, $59.95, ISBN 0-7879-4303-7, San Francisco, Calif, Jossey-Bass Publishers, 1999.

JAMA. 1999;282(10):994. doi:10.1001/jama.282.10.994-JBK0908-2-1

The Harvard Medical School Guide to Suicide Assessment and Intervention is published at a time in health care in which suicidality is of increased importance because of changes in the medicolegal system. As hospital bed capacities have shrunk, the justification for hospitalizing and maintaining a patient in the hospital has increasingly turned to less debatable needs such as risk of suicide. Furthermore, the pressing clinical characteristics and legal aspects of suicidality underscore the role of the psychiatrist at a time when nonphysicians are increasingly used as physician extenders in all health care areas and particularly in psychiatry.

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