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Death my only love

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There is in general a strong feeling of revulsion against suicide - against those who take their own lives and against those who fail to prevent it from happening. The present case of Sybil illustrates the old attitude and also the more modern approach by some of those looking after the girl. Sybil was determined to die - not because she was clinically depressed, not because she was without work and without family or some friends. Perhaps she loved nobody and sought with longing to embrace another state where at least her earthly problems would cease to exist. There are only hints in the case history, and each of those taking part in the discussion seize on these. Each - a philosopher, a barrister, a general practitioner - offers his own interpretation and gloss on the case. Perhaps Sybil seems more alive in their comments than she did in life.

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