Behavior: An Alternative to Suicide?

A healthy man who wants to kill himself and a sick one who wants to live but is doomed for lack of a vital organ appear to have little in common. But Psychiatrist Paul H. Blachly of the University of Oregon Medical School believes that they have something to offer each other. He advocates a "symbiotic juxtaposition" of the two—bringing them together so that the potential suicide can gain a new outlook on life by donating either blood or an organ to the person who needs it to live.

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