Psychiatry and Suicide: the Management of a Mistake
Light D W
Combining theoretical & empirical material, this paper outlines why mistakes & acts which might be regarded as mistakes are an important vehicle for analysing the social organization of professional work. It investigates a major event of potential error in psychiatry- suicide of a patient-as a means of understanding basic beliefs & organizational features of the psychiatric profession. Based on participant observation/interviews, the evidence is also supported by previous studies on the subject.