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Books, Journals, New Media
June 18, 2003

Suicide

Author Affiliations
 

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.

JAMA. 2003;289(23):3177-3178. doi:10.1001/jama.289.23.3177

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 being recommended.

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