Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet
S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University
of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.
Reducing Suicide provides an excellent and
compact review of its subject from the perspective of the helping professions.
It surveys suicidology in its various facets in a comprehensive and orderly
fashion. Confining its focus largely (but not entirely) to the United States,
the work approaches suicidal behavior as human pathology.
A Report of the Institute of Medicine, the volume addresses the challenge
of understanding and preventing suicide. Each chapter closes with "Findings"
coupled with recommendations for governmental study of suicide and prevention
of suicide. The opening "Executive Summary" chapter offers 18 specific recommendations
in the areas of suicide research, monitoring of suicidal behavior, involvement
of primary care physicians in prevention, and governmental programs for prevention.
The implementation of these recommendations calls for setting up a "national
network of suicide research Population Laboratories," five to ten such centers
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