Inbox: Photo Conveys Suicide by Rail Attention: December 2013 ASHA Leader addresses concern for suicide by rail. Oops, not quite! The focus was on vestibular dysfunction. Why not depict a woman balancing precariously on a rail along a remote section of track to introduce vestibular dysfunction? Who but a hypersensitive curmudgeon like me would associate ... Inbox
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Inbox: Photo Conveys Suicide by Rail
The ASHA Leader, February 2014, Vol. 19, 4-6. doi:10.1044/leader.IN3.19022014.4
The ASHA Leader, February 2014, Vol. 19, 4-6. doi:10.1044/leader.IN3.19022014.4
Attention: December 2013 ASHA Leader addresses concern for suicide by rail. Oops, not quite! The focus was on vestibular dysfunction. Why not depict a woman balancing precariously on a rail along a remote section of track to introduce vestibular dysfunction? Who but a hypersensitive curmudgeon like me would associate this striking cover with suicide by rail or any train-related accident? In my own defense, I recently witnessed the aftermath of suicide by rail near my home; thus, the brutality lingers near the surface of my consciousness. If my perception of this otherwise stunning illustration is outlandish, apologies—please move on to the next posting.
If interest is piqued, consider: Suicide by rail is a serious and growing problem. Annually, about 700 people in the U.S. commit suicide by stepping in front of a train. Direct repercussions from any suicide are profound, but suicide by train has resounding consequences that negatively impact whole communities. Tragically, another rising trend in train-related deaths is associated with individuals trespassing on tracks while wearing earphones. At least no personal-entertainment accessory is depicted in this illustration.
But I digress; my intent is to admonish the editors for what I consider to be unintentional insensitivity, or at the very least communicating unintended messages: It is acceptable, perhaps seductive or even thrilling to discover an isolated stretch of track upon which to play, or my darker association with suicide by rail. But, then again, maybe I’m just being petulant.
Robert M. Miller, Edmonds, Wash.
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