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The study of suicide, today known as suicidology, dates back to at least the time of ancient Egypt. Philosophers in ancient Greece debated their various and often diametrically opposed views of the topic. Over the centuries, theologians of all faiths have expressed their varying beliefs. The modern-day counterparts to the ancient scholars continue unabated in their discussions. To these can be added psychologists and other mental health professionals, physicians, sociologists, anthropologists, and lay persons with an interest in the subject. It may sound like a timeworn cliché, but in the case of suicide it is true that this is a subject with many more questions than answers. With all the resources for help available, why would someone choose to end his or her life? ...

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