Year: 1904 Source: Harvard Law Review, v.17, (1904), p.331-341 SIEC No: 19970875

This article presents the historical premise on which the criminal status of suicide rests in the New York legislation of 1904. Philosophies of the Stoics, Early Christians, Roman law & British common law are applied to suicide. The article concludes by arguing that New York laws, wherein suicide attempts are punished as a criminal offense, should be amended to involuntary hospitalization for the person’s safety. (12 refs) (SC)