The papers are arranged chronologically, beginning with classical papers by Ernest Jones and Karl Menninger, followed by Gregory Zilboorg, Kate Friedlander, and Ives Hendrick. Emil Gutheil's "Dream and Suicide" and Viggo Jensen and Thomas Petty's "The Fantasy of Being Rescued" follow. Some epidemiologic points of view are represented in the paper by Eli Robins et al. on 134 successful suicides, Pokorny's prediction study, the work on child psychiatry inpatients by Cynthia Pfeffer et al., and the view of suicide and panic disorder of Myrna Weissman et al. Transference and countertransference issues are addressed by Leston Havens, Gerald Adler and Dan Buie, and Maltsberger and Buie. Additional aspects of the psychotherapeutic endeavor include works by Donald Schwartz, Don Flinn, Paul Slawson, Edwin Shneidman, and John Birtchnell. Suicide prediction is represented by the paper on hopelessness by Aaron Beck, Maria Kovacs, and Arlene Weissman, the classic paper on 5-HIAA in the CSF by Marie Åsberg, Lil TrÄskman, and Peter Thorén, Maltsberger's paper on clinical estimates of suicide danger, and others. David Phillips' paper on the influence of suggestion, Robert Litman and Charles Swearingen's paper on bondage and suicide, and Alec Roy's paper on chronic schizophrenia and suicide are also included. The paper by Jan Fawcett et al. showing that hopelessness was a more accurate predictor of later suicide than suicide in the first year following discharge, and Shneidman's paper on suicide as "psychache" are among the later chapters.