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International Handbook of Suicide and Attempted Suicide


The International Handbook of Suicide and Attempted Suicide

Edited by

Keith Hawton, Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford, Warneford Hospital, Oxford, UK
Kees van Heeringen, Department of Psychiatry, University Hospital Gent, Belgium


"No self-respecting worker in deliberate self-harm and suicide prevention, either clinical or research, can afford to be without access to this comprehensive handbook - possession and regular use, may well become a marker of serious involvement in the subject! ...This is the most comprehensive, up-to-date, informative and well-written source of information on sucide and suicidal behaviour...an invaluable work of reference which will be essential for clinicians and researchers for many years to come."

Andrew Sims, Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry, St James's University Hospital, Leeds, UK - British Journal of Psychiatry

"The publication of a Handbook in a scientific or clinical discipline is probably an indication that the field has reached a certain maturity. The emergence of Hawton and van Heeringen's The International Handbook of Suicide and Attempted Suicide, which is the first major Handbook in its field, thus represents a major step forward for suicidology. The book is a very rich and comprehensive source of information, beautifully organized and up to date over a wide range of topics within the field. It will serve as the obvious sourcebook for suicide researchers and clinicians working with suicidal patients or clients"

Marie Åsberg M.D. Ph.D., Professor of Psychiatry, Karolinska Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden

"This Handbook constitutes the most comprehensive volume on suicidal behaviour ever published. It covers the entire gamut of the biological, sociological and psychological determinants to its ethical and legal ramifications. The chapters on prediction, treatment and prevention are particularly illuminating. This volume is a crucial source book for all professionals in psychology involved in the study and treatment of suicidal behaviors. I highly recommend it"

Aaron T. Beck, M.D., University Professor of Psychiatry and President, The Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research, University of Pennsylvania, USA

"This Handbook is outstanding. It is a superb, comprehensive, and lucid account of the world's literature on suicidal behavior and will be essential reading for clinicians and researchers"

Kay Redfield Jamison, Ph.D., Professor of Psychiatry, The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, USA

"I was delighted to see The International Handbook of Suicide and Attempted Suicide in print. Suicide and attempted suicide are major public health problems and action to prevent them is of utmost urgency. The comprehensive review of knowledge presented in this book can be directly and immediately useful in developing relevant, evidence-based programmes of action directed to the prevention of suicide and attempted suicide"

Norman Sartorius, Professor of Psychiatry, Hôpitaux Universitaires de Genève, and President, Association of European Psychiatrists, Geneva, Switzerland

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