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From The CriticsReviewer:Nicholas Greco IV, MS, BCETS, CATSM(Abbott Laboratories)
Description:This book provides updated, pertinent, and valuable information regarding the field of suicidology. In keeping with the first edition, this second edition remains the single source of information regarding both the clinical and legal aspects of treating suicidal patients. Additionally, this book includes new information on appellate case law, physician-assisted suicide, and the ever-important cultural assessment.
Purpose:The purpose is to provide a thorough and complete source which presents suggestions for the appropriate assessment, management, and treatment of the suicidal patient in psychological practice. Ultimately, the book's goal is to combine both clinical and legal factors into a well thought out and appropriate set of guidelines. These are, without question, worthy objectives accomplished by the author.
Audience:It is intended for psychologists, psychiatrists, and all other mental health professionals (e.g., psychiatric nurses) who work with suicidal patients. In addition, this is an excellent teaching tool for students and psychiatric interns and residents. The author is well-respected, highly knowledgable, and his credibility is unquestionable as he is a seasoned clinician, researcher, and academician. This author coauthored Guidelines for the Systematic Treatment of the Depressed Patient (Oxford University Press, 2000) and I find myself quite impressed with the quality of the material.
Features:This book provides both the foundation and the structure for understanding and implementing the clincial and legal standards of care in treating suicidal patients. Highlights include figures and exhibits that enhance this important material. The chapter on legal perspectives is a must read, and the eight appendixes which give the reader examples of suicide assessment and rating scales, an antisuicide contract, and the legal issues in emergency psychiatry are invaluable. The references are relevant and up-to-date and include individuals who are leaders in the mental health field. In particular, readers will gain tremendous insight from Dr. Jan Fawcett's research on suicide which is referenced extensively in this book.
Assessment:This is truly a premier book that provides a clear understanding of the clinical and legal issues surrounding the treatment of suicidal patients. The usefulness of this book is without question, and the new material in the second edition justifies replacing the first edition and makes this a must-read, must-have, and must-use book for the mental health professional.