The problem of suicide is a prominent public health problem in this country. Physicians and hospitals have an obvious concern, as do the law courts, where actions for wrongful death and negligence may involve suicide as a result of a tortious act. This paper will restrict comment to the principles and application of present law as to the responsibility of the psychiatric hospital and the psychiatrist and a discussion of some of the applicable psychiatric factors.
Irwin N. Perr, Suicide Responsibility of Hospital and Psychiatrist, 9 Clev.-Marshall L. Rev. 427 (1960)