February 25, 1983

The Human Side of Homicide

Author Affiliations

George Washington University School of Medicine Washington, DC


edited by Bruce L. Danto, John Bruhns, and Austin H. Kutscher (Foundation of Thanatology Series), 317 pp, $24, New York, Columbia University Press, 1982.

JAMA. 1983;249(8):1063. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03330320061036

The Human Side of Homicide is a publication of the Foundation of Thanatology, an organization "dedicated to advancing the cause of enlightened health care for the terminally ill patient and his family." Although the relationship between such a goal and the phenomenon of homicide is not entirely clear, there is no doubt that the subject of homicide in its own right commands considerable interest and deserves comprehensive discussion. This is what the current book attempts to do with contributions from experts in diverse fields including medicine, psychiatry, psychology, sociology, the law and the judiciary, and penology. It is worthwhile to attempt to enlighten the general public on the subject since it is the public that must ultimately bear the principal burden for making important decisions about homicide, for instance, the legitimacy and place of capital punishment.

The present volume is reasonably comprehensive. It seems to be principally the creation of