Durkheim and French psychiatric views on suicide during the 19th century. A conceptual history.

@article{Berrios1990DurkheimAF,
  title={Durkheim and French psychiatric views on suicide during the 19th century. A conceptual history.},
  author={G. Berrios and M. Mohanna},
  journal={The British journal of psychiatry : the journal of mental science},
  year={1990},
  volume={156},
  pages={
          1-9
        }
}
  • G. Berrios, M. Mohanna
  • Published 1990
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • The British journal of psychiatry : the journal of mental science
One of the targets of Durkheim's criticism, in his masterly book Le Suicide (1897), is the view upheld (according to him) by all 19th-century French alienists that suicide was, in all cases, a form of madness (henceforth, the ‘absolutist’ or ‘psychiatric’ hypothesis). Durkheim's view is important, particularly among sociologists, and lest they, and other readers, are led uncritically to accept his version of 19th-century French psychiatric views on suicide, it would seem important to put the… Expand
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