Suicide

[Revised entry by Michael Cholbi on July 21, 2017. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Throughout history, suicide has evoked an astonishingly wide range of reactions - bafflement, dismissal,
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[Revised entry by Michael Cholbi on July 21, 2017. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Throughout history, suicide has evoked an astonishingly wide range of reactions - bafflement, dismissal, heroic glorification, sympathy, anger, moral or religious condemnation - but it is never uncontroversial. Suicide is now an object of multidisciplinary scientific study, with sociology, anthropology, psychology, and psychiatry each providing important insights into suicide. Particularly promising are the significant advances being made in our scientific understanding of the neurological and genetic bases of...

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