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"For Immediate Release:   Contact: Daniel Petraglia, Assistant Marketing Manager (212) 743 – 8351| Daniel.Petraglia@oup.com

“This is a landmark book written about thorny issues pertaining to suicide, mental health care, and mental health-related laws and policies within contemporary culture. Susan Stefan has an uncanny ability to point out when the 'emperor has no clothes' as she poignantly explores suicidal human suffering in the face of existing conventional mental health care that too often 'treats' suicidal people through control, coercion, and shame that is fostered and supported by existing policies and laws. This important book makes one think deeply about the topic of suicide, human suffering, truly compassionate care, personal liberty, and mental health-related policy and laws in novel and important ways.”

— David A. Jobes, PhD, Professor of Psychology, The Catholic University of America

“Rational Suicide, Irrational Laws is a nuanced, subtle, and thoroughgoing look at suicide and assisted suicide. ...Stefan debunks the idea that all suicide is a symptom of mental illness enacted by incompetent people. Stefan also proposes recommendations as to how we should respond to a suicidal person and the phenomenon of suicide generally. An important theme running through this book is that there is so much more we could be doing to help the patient want to live. All in all, a must-read for anyone interested in the phenomenon of suicide and assisted suicide—a masterful account.”

— Elyn Saks, JD, PhD, Orrin B. Evans Professor of Law, Psychology, and Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences, USC Gould School of Law

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Susan Stefan is the author of four books on law and policy relating to people with psychiatric disabilities and has worked nationally and internationally as a consultant on systems reform issues. She litigated class actions in state and federal court, has served as an expert witness, and was a Professor of Law at the University of Miami School of Law.

For more information, or to request a review copy, please contact:

Daniel Petraglia, Assistant Marketing Manager, Daniel.Petraglia@oup.com "