PATRICK B. FRIEL, M.D.; LUDWIG M. FRANK, M.D.
It is always sound medical practice to "treat the disease rather than the symptom," and this dictum is especially important when caring for patients who suffer from maladies where suicidal potentialities are present. Karl Menninger, in his book, Man Against Himself points out the fallacies that lie behind the popular notion that "suicide is an escape from an intolerable life situation."1 He stresses that suicide is the result of a deep-seated personality derangement and not merely a reaction to some immediate stimulus in the environment. This same reasoning detracts from the importance of external catastrophes—national or international conflicts, financial depressions
FRIEL PB, FRANK LM. THE MANAGEMENT OF THE SUICIDAL PATIENT1. Ann Intern Med. ;49:632–641. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-49-3-632
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1958;49(3):632-641.
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