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Book and Media Reviews
April 18, 2007

Homicide: A Psychiatric Perspective

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Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: John L. Zeller, MD, PhD, Fishbein Fellow.

JAMA. 2007;297(15):1717-1722. doi:10.1001/jama.297.15.1719

The 2006 release of this second edition of Homicide: A Psychiatric Perspective is timely. After 15 years of decreasing violent crime rates, the pendulum appears to have started a swing back in the opposite direction—homicide rates in the United States have increased for the past 2 years. This is no surprise. History stubbornly reminds us that murder is an indelible part of our behavior repetoire as humans. We appear to be incapable of existing without killing each other.

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