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Suicide: A Legal Perspective

  • Henry A. Beyer

Abstract

Suicide presents such an extreme and irreversible attack upon normal societal standards that it merits special attention in both medical and legal literature.* Some persons argue that every individual has the right to end his own life, at least when one has sufficient reason, and several organizations have been established to defend and advance that view.+ But Anglo-American law traditionally has prohibited suicide (or, at least, attempts at suicide), and many states have had specific statutes to that effect.

Keywords

Patient Suicide Legal Perspective Mental Health Staff Civil Commitment Legal Literature 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1982

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  • Henry A. Beyer

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