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Two further comments on Durkheim's Le Suicide.

Suicide Prevention Project, Flemish Mental Health Centres FDGG-VVI, Gent, Belgium.
Crisis The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention (Impact Factor: 1.09). 02/2007; 28(1):44-5. DOI: 10.1027/0227-5910.28.1.44
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ABSTRACT It appears that the publications of Goldney and Schioldann (2000, 2001a,b, 2002) touched a chord, namely, the quality of the basic literature of contemporary suicidology and the usage of certain words and concepts. This paper adds two comments to this discussion. The first comment focuses on the usage of "altruistic," "egoistic," and "anomic" suicide. The second is a comment on the reception of Le Suicide.

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