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Title:
Suicide : tragic choice
Author:
Zeinert, Karen.
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Publication Information:
Berkeley Heights, NJ : Enslow Publishers, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
112 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Summary:
Surveys the issue of suicide, including its history, causes, and psychology.
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 8.9 4.0 31511.
ISBN:
9780766011052
Format :
Book

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Author Karen Zeinert delves into the work of suicidologists, who try to understand the phenomenon of suicide by looking at who commits suicide, how they do it, and why. She also researches the movement to legalize physician-assisted suicide. Zeinert presents the ethical and legal debates surrounding this controversial medical practice, which is currently in the news.


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Booklist Review

Gr. 6^-12. In books covering emotionally charged topics, the use of an unimpassioned voice allows readers to assess the information more rationally. Zeinert uses a straightforward approach in this book, which is neither didactic nor sensationalized in terms of language. Her evenhanded presentation includes some startling data about people who commit suicide and the loved ones left behind. After tracing suicide's historic past (documented back to the ancient Egyptians), she briefly analyzes victim fatality grouped by age, sex, ethnicity, location, religion, and sexual orientation. Later chapters become even more interesting, as she turns to suicidal patterns (the how, why, when, and where) and introduces terms such as shadow and cluster suicide. Discussion of specific individuals--among them, Karen Ann Quinlan and Dr. Jack Kevorkian--make up the bulk of the chapter on assisted suicide, and brief coverage concerning prevention and dealing with grief round out the text. Useful for speeches and reports. Chapter notes and Web sites are provided. --Roger Leslie