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Werther's syndrome

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A rash of suicidal attempts among young following a highly publicized suicide. The phenomenon is first known to have occurred in 1774, following the publication of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's (1749-1832) novel The Sorrows of Young Werther, in which the hero takes his own life.


  • J. W. von Goethe:
    Die Leiden des jungen Werthers. 1774.

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