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New publication on suicide by CRC doctoral student

Published 22.01.10

Dr Ian Marsh completed his doctorate with the Clinical Research Centre in 2008, and has recently published an edited version of his PhD thesis, 'A Critical Analysis of the Discursive Formation of Suicide as Pathological and Medical'.

Suicide is available from Cambridge University Press. In it, Dr Marsh examines the historical and cultural forces that have influenced contemporary thought, practices and policy in relation to this serious public health problem. Drawing on the work of French philosopher Michel Foucault, the book tells the story of how suicide has come to be seen as first and foremost a matter of psychiatric concern. Dr Marsh sets out to challenge the assumptions and certainties embedded in our beliefs, attitudes and practices concerning suicide and the suicidal, and the resulting account unsettles and informs in equal measure.

The book will be of particular interest to researchers, professionals and students in psychology, history, sociology and the health sciences.

See full details on the Cambridge University Press website.

Dr Marsh is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Applied Health at Canterbury Christ Church University.