The book is divided into five sections. The first is an introduction comprising four chapters presenting a general review/overview of suicidology and reviews of theories, methods, and the history of suicide. The second section is focused on epidemiology and includes a contribution by Steven Stack with an employment/economic focus and another by Bruce Bongar et al. addressing family and interpersonal issues. The third section considers psychiatric, medical, and biological factors in suicide and includes Brian Tanney, Mark Goldblatt, David Lester, and Robert Plutchik as contributing authors. Part four addresses additional suicide-related issues such as indirect self-destructive behavior (a chapter written by the authors and N. Farberow); ethical, religious and philosophical issues, assisted suicide, malpractice, and institutional liability matters. The final section has chapters on treatment and prevention strategies and on survivors of suicide.