Title

Twenty-First-Century "Snake Oil" Salesmanship: Contemporary Care of the Suicidal Person in Formal Mental Health Care

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Book Chapter

Publication Date

2014

Abstract

For those unfamiliar with the North American historical colloquialisms, the original use of the phrase "Snake Oil" was to refer to fraudulent health products or unproven medicine(s). Picture a commonplace scene form a "Western" movie where the well-dressed salesman - most often complete with top hat and cane, is extolling the miracle virtues of his wonder product; the panacea for any and all ills, evils, and infirmity.

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