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Semper dolens

A History of Suicide in the West

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Acantilado

October 2015

512 pages

Essay, Human Studies

Original Title: Semper dolens

According to the World Health Organization, suicide is the leading cause of violent death in the world, ahead of murder and armed conflicts. Many psychiatric studies in recent years suggest that ninety per cent of suicides are the result of mental illness. However, reducing the voluntary act of suicide to pathology only means simplifying one of the most decisive aspects of human experience: pain. A history of suicide in the West should therefore be a history of pain, taking into account all the forms of our fragility.

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