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A full enquiry into the subject of suicide - MOORE, Charles - 1790. 
London Rivington 1790 - Two volumes, 4to., [xxvi], 388, [iv]; [xvi], 405, [xxiii] pp., modern calf backed marbled boards gilt, vellum tips, occasional slight foxing, overall an excellent copy. Charles Moore (1743-1811), was rector of Cuxton and later a preacher at Canterbury Cathedral. In the present work Moore shows little sympathy for suicides, condemning the act as an affront to nature, God, society, and the individual's own interests since it might deprive him of heaven. However he shows even less sympathy for philosophers who display some compassion forsuicides, famously denouncing David Hume, who had also written on the subject, as a "more pernicious and destructive member of society than even the profligate and abandoned liver" (volume 2: 54). He finishes the book with a list of twelve things that might help a person resist the temptation to take their own life, including a reminder that "temperance and employment are the great bulwarks of health, contentment, and happiness." Notwithstanding his views, Moore's work is of historical value as it was: "Up to his (i.e. Moore) time the most extensive treatise on the natural, social, moral and religious aspects of suicide, the risk of which the psychiatrist must continually bear in mind. From it is taken his historical survey showing the roots of modern legal attitudes and why Coroners still prefer the verdict of "accidental death" even to "suicide while of unsound mind".( Hunter and MacAlpine, Three Hundred Years of Psychiatry, 1535-186). [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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