183 pages, copyright 1972, publisher Charles Scribner's Sons:New York
"Jacquest Choron, a philosopher and student of the phenomenon of human self-destruction has been a recent fellow at the Suicide Prevention Center at Los Angeles and a fellow at the Center for Studies of Suicide Prevention at the National Institute of Mental Health.
His compact, scholarly , and timely book deals with the problems of suicide in terms of its motive and causes as well as its prevention. Consideration is given to theological, anthropological, psychological, sociological, and psychatric aspects. The initial chapters deal with the subject in retrospect among the primitive cultures, the early Egyptians, ancient Hebrews, ancient Greeks, the Romans, during the Middle Ages, during the Renaissance, and during the eighteenth century up to present. Statistics, methods, attempted suicides, suicides among adolescents, search for causes, suicide as related to mental disorders, and suicide prevention are considered in sequence with citations and with references to notes arranged by chapter in the back of the book. Then there is a summary of the views of various philosophers throughout history which continues into an interpretative chaper, "suicide and the meaning of life', wqhich precedes the author's general conclusions, which are certain to provoke discussion and some disagreement."-
American Association for the Advancement of Science