Although The Suicidal Patient has been updated from 1991, I still found some sections to be lacking key references. For example, the psychological approach to repeat suicide attempters is discussed without reference to the work of Marsha Linehan. Risk factors for elderly suicide are mentioned without reference to the pivotal work of Yeates Conwell and colleagues. The discussion of gender and suicide does not include the classic paper by Canetto and Sakinofsky (2). In spite of these reservations, the book provides the practicing professional with much sound and practical advice that is not available elsewhere. For example, Dr. Bongar discusses the difficult issue of maintaining the confidentiality of a patient who is acutely suicidal. He unequivocally affirms "that if a breach of confidentiality is necessary to save the patient’s life," the clinician is bound to take this step (p. 237). The book contains one of the few guides to "postvention," that is, helping the survivors after a loved one has committed suicide, and the sound risk management strategies of these activities. The book concludes with a discussion of the possible legal aftermath of a suicide and desensitizes the reader to the role of the attorneys and some common legal defenses that are realities of malpractice actions.