The Fifty-One Percent Rule of Suicide

Stefan Timmermans

in Postmortem

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print June 2006 | ISBN: 9780226803982
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226804002 | DOI:
The Fifty-One Percent Rule of Suicide

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This chapter focuses on the role of medical examiners in determining the manner of death. It explains that the manner of death is administratively binding and has great social relevance and that the most ambiguous and contested manner of death was, and still remains, suicide. This chapter discusses the works of sociologists Emile Durkheim and Maxwell Atkinson related to the determination of suicide cases.

Keywords: manner of death; medical examiners; social relevance; suicide; Emile Durkheim; Maxwell Atkinson

Chapter.  17448 words. 

Subjects: Health, Illness, and Medicine

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