Rational Suicide in the Elderly

Clinical, Ethical, and Sociocultural Aspects

Editors: McCue, Robert E., Balasubramaniam, Meera (Eds.)

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  • The first book to consider all aspects of suicide in the elderly in all contexts
  • The only text that discusses a neutral approach to clinical criteria current psychopharmacological and psychodynamic guidelines for rational suicide in the elderly
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This book provides a comprehensive view of rational suicide in the elderly, a group that has nearly twice the rate of suicide when chronically ill than any other demographic. Its frame of reference does not endorse a single point-of-view about the legitimacy of rational suicide, which is evolving across societies with little guidance for geriatric mental health professionals. Instead, it serves as a resource for both those clinicians who agree that older people may rationally commit suicide and those who believe that this wish may require further assessment and treatment. The first chapters of the book provides an overview of rational suicide in the elderly, examining it through history and across cultures also addressing the special case of baby boomers. This book takes an ethical and philosophical look at whether suicide can truly be rational and whether the nearness of death in late-life adults means that suicide should be considered differently than in younger adults. Clinical criteria for rational suicide in the elderly are proposed in this book for the first time, as well as a guidelines for the psychosocial profile of an older adult who wants to commit rational suicide. Unlike any other book, this text examines the existential, psychological, and psychodynamic perspectives. A chapter on terminal mental illness and a consideration of suicide in that context and proposed interventions even without a diagnosable mental illness also plays a vital role in this book as these are key issues in within the question of suicide among the elderly. This book is the first to consider all preventative measures, including the spiritual as well as the psychotherapeutic, and pharmacologic. A commentary on modern society, aging, and rational suicide that ties all of these elements together, making this the ultimate guide for addressing suicide among the elderly.
Rational Suicide in the Elderly is an excellent resource for all medical professionals with potentially suicidal patients, including geriatricians, geriatric and general psychiatrists, geriatric nurses, social workers, and public health officials.

About the authors

Robert E. McCue, M.D. Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry; Program Director, Fellowship in Geriatric Psychiatry; New York University School of Medicine

Meera Balasubramaniam, M.D., MPH Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, New York University School of Medicine

Reviews

“The book discusses the recent movement toward legislation in the United States and in some European countries to provide a legal framework for ‘assisted suicide.’ … the book’s major appeal will be to clinicians from both the mental and general health arenas who work with older and chronically ill individuals and to teachers interested in educating our trainees to work more collaboratively and empathically with older adults … .” (Ira M. Lesser, American Journal of Psychiatry, Vol. 174 (6), June, 2017)

“Psychiatrists Robert E. McCue and Meera Balasubramaniam aim to provide a comprehensive overview of rational suicide among older adults, from the viewpoints of a variety of disciplines. … the authors get credit for tackling a difficult subject and assembling a set of chapters from diverse disciplines. This book is most likely to be of interest to readers who agree with the perspective that suicide in older adults who are not terminally ill can be rational.” (Amy Fiske and Julie Lutz, The Gerontologist, Vol. 57 (5), 2017)

“The purpose is to provide clinicians with guidance in managing a small population of older adults who want to have control of when and how they die. … This book is intended for use by medical professionals who work with older adults, including geriatricians, psychiatrists, psychologists, primary care doctors, hospitalists, palliative care specialists, educators, nurses, and social workers. … provides an excellent overview of this topic and is recommended for anyone prepared to work in this challenging, shifting clinical arena.” (Danielle L. Anderson, Doody's Book Reviews, March, 2016)


Table of contents (15 chapters)

Table of contents (15 chapters)

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eBook $89.00
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Hardcover $139.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-81343-1
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Rational Suicide in the Elderly
Book Subtitle
Clinical, Ethical, and Sociocultural Aspects
Editors
  • Robert E. McCue
  • Meera Balasubramaniam
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-32672-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-32672-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-32670-2
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-81343-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 224
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