This book is a translation of the original Norwegian text published in 1970. The epidemiology of suicide is discussed, with a special focus on Nordic countries. Suicide is discussed from a number of perspectives including: cultural & religious history, art, physical illness, psychiatric illness, psychological factors, & biochemistry. The suicidal process, myths about suicide, & assessment & treatment issues are also explored, along with bereavement issues of survivors. Some national & international prevention strategies & recommendations are also noted.