In 1991, Derek Humphry published Final Exit – The Practicalities of Self-Deliverance and Assisted Suicide for the Dying. The book was written for mature adults who were suffering from terminal illnesses and required guidance in committing suicide, but it has encouraged suggestive and susceptible people to attempt suicide (Lavin et al, 1992). There appears to be a thin line between assisted suicide and culpable suicide. ‘Culpable suicide’ is used here to describe contributory negligence attributed to persons who unknowingly assist another person's suicide.
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