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Suicidal thinking

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 06 July 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:103
  1. Imre Loefler, editor
  1. Nairobi Hospital Proceedings, Kenya

    Suicide was medicalised long before birth and death were. The church considered suicide a grave sin and refused to bury people who had ended their lives “by their own hand,” as did Judas, who—according to the Gospel of St John—hanged himself. It may be argued that Judas had good reason to do so; nevertheless, the construct that suicide is the result of insanity secured Christian burial for many centuries.

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