Year: 1969 Source: American Journal of Psychiatry, v.125, no.9, (March 1969), p.141-145 SIEC No: 19840506

The authors point out the present failure of many psychiatrists to recognize potentially suicidal patients. They describe a five-stage clinical approach to treatment of such patients, utilizing a continuous assessment of suicidal potential. The approach introduces a system of priority of values, with preservation of life uppermost.