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From The CriticsReviewer: Leslie J. Stein, R.N., Psy.D.(Cermak Health Services)
Description: This book provides a comprehensive overview of the current knowledge base and research related to suicide. This book also includes information from the Hemlock Society and other organizations advancing the rights of terminally ill individuals to choose their time to die.
Purpose: The author's purpose is to review the suicide research of the 1990s and to present state-of-the-art treatment techniques for suicide prevention. The author also seeks to point clinicians toward future research and prevention ideas. These are worthy goals, and the author achieves them in this comprehensive book.
Audience: This book targets all practitioners in the field of mental health, including psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, school psychologists, social workers, nurses, crisis counselors, and researchers. I concur with the targeted audience, and the editor is among the leading experts in the field of suicidology.
Features: This work covers the current research on suicide through the 1990s, from a sociological perspective as well as from a clinical perspective. It explores clinical techniques for suicide prevention, examines resources available worldwide to clinicians for suicide prevention, and includes a discussion of suicide from the right to die perspective. Research data is well organized into useful tables.
Assessment: This book provides the most thorough review of the field of suididology I have found. The research is current, cutting edge, and fascinating. The clinical review provides useful, practical interventions for clinicians. The book includes a discussion of organizations dedicated to preventing and promoting suicide; this challenges clinicians to examine our own beliefs about suicide and individuals' rights.