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

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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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