Year: 1990 Source: Washington: American Psychiatric Press Inc., 1990. p.637-663(Appendix p.775-780) SIEC No: 19910353

This article discusses the ethical conflict a clinician faces between protecting a patient from self-injury & allowing individual freedom & autonomy. The authors describe the determinist view of suicide, rational suicide, & euthanasia. They examine suicide from a legal perspective, & provide guidelines for managing suicidal patients in the context of the American legal system. They also discuss forensic issues that may arise after a suicide or suicide attempt. (VM)