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From The CriticsReviewer: Nishad J. Nadkarni, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This groundbreaking work represents a comprehensive review of major theories, concepts, and research models in the field of suicidology, as the authors present an integrated approach in this area based on the input of contributors.
Purpose: This book is an introduction to suicidology as a subject worthy of study in itself, as opposed to being a mere unfortunate "side effect" of mood instability, psychosis, and other psychopathology. In taking this approach the editors seek a truly integrative and comprehensive study of this field.
Audience: This text has multiple perspectives in the study of suicide, and is aimed at a broad target audience consisting of practitioners, students, and researchers in psychology, psychiatry, counseling, and public health. It is written at a fairly high level that undergraduates may find too advanced.
Features: Supported by a timely and complete bibliography, the contributors present several broad areas of inquiry into the scientific and clinical nature of suicide. Each area is further subdivided into several chapters — this supports a strong level of internal organization. Particularly useful and innovative are the liberal use and analysis of case studies and actual suicide notes, as well as several introductory chapters in which the editors conceptualize scientific justification for studying suicide as a discipline.
Assessment: This book is truly a landmark in the field as it represents an integrative and comprehensive approach to suicide as a subject worthy of study unto itself. It serves as a strong introduction to most major concepts in the area, as well as a springboard for further inquiry as the editors provide timely and important reference material. It should be a valuable piece of any clinician's library.