Books: The Taste of Hemlock

IN A DARKNESS by JAMES A. WECHSLER 160 pages. Norton. $5.95.

THE SAVAGE GOD by A. ALVAREZ 299 pages. Random House. $7.95.

SUICIDE by JACQUES CHORON 182 pages. Scribners. $7.95.

UNDERSTANDING AND COUNSELING THE SUICIDAL PERSON by PAUL W. PRETZEL 251 pages. Abingdon Press. $5.95.

In the past 15 years, something called suicidology has flourished in the U.S. as never before. Many good studies and much bad prose have resulted. Since 1957, for instance, more than 1,200 books on suicide have appeared. Most of them are technical, widely unread, prepared by (and for)...

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