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Book and Media Reviews
September 13, 2006


Author Affiliations

Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA.

JAMA. 2006;296(10):1294-1299. doi:10.1001/jama.296.10.1295-b

As the title indicates, this textbook focuses on understanding and caring for suicidal conditions. This well-written work stays close to its stated task of providing a guide to suicidality for the clinician. Each chapter closes with a section of “Key Points,” summing up in ten or fewer cogent sentences the particular strategies or emphases developed in the chapter.

As in many fields, the scientific literature on suicide has burgeoned in recent decades. The present volume concentrates on recent advances. Except for a few passing references to Emile Durkheim's Suicide (1897), the many citations are from well within the past two decades, the majority from the new century. We are thus given a workaday view of suicide from contemporary scientific literature.