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Rational Suicide, Irrational Laws: Examining Current Approaches to Suicide in Policy and Law

Susan Stefan


This book is for policymakers, lawyers, doctors, mental health professionals, hospice workers, and for anyone who has thought about suicide or has lost someone to suicide. Based on surveys and interviews of more than 300 suicide attempt survivors, doctors, lawyers, and mental health professionals, it painstakingly exposes the irrationality of current policies and laws about suicide, including assisted suicide. The author suggests specific reforms, including increased protection of mental health professionals from liability, increased protection of suicidal people from coercive interventions, r ... More

Keywords: assisted suicide, civil commitment, ethics, euthanasia, law, liability, malpractice, mental illness, policy, suicide

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199981199
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199981199.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Susan Stefan, author