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Suicide in Doctor Zhivago


Pridmore, W and Pridmore, S, Suicide in Doctor Zhivago, Dynamics of Human Health, 5, (3) ISSN 2382-1019 (2018) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

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Background: The belief that all suicide is the result of mental disorder continues to be strongly held.

Aim: To examine Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak for evidence of the triggers of suicide in Russia in the first half of the 20th century.

Method: We examined this text, noting examples of, 1) suicide, 2) attempted suicide, and 3) other mentions of suicide.

Results: We found 3 examples of suicide, 1 example of attempted suicide, and 5 examples of other mentions of suicide. The triggers included loss of status, honour, fortune, child and lover. There was no example of suicide as the result of mental disorder.

Discussion/Conclusion: The triggers of suicide in Russia in the first half of the 20th century are similar to those across the time and place of history and are frequently triggered by social, political and economic problems.

Item Details

Item Type:Contribution to Refereed Journal
Keywords:suicide, suicide prevention, social medicine
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Mental health services
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Mental health
UTAS Author:Pridmore, S (Professor Saxby Pridmore)
ID Code:128451
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2018-09-24
Last Modified:2019-03-05

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