The author of "Final Exit," a controversial best-seller that instructs terminally ill people on how to kill themselves, rejected claims Saturday his book can be held responsible for the recent suicides of three physically healthy people in Massachusetts.
"To scapegoat my book (which has sold 500,000 copies) is ridiculous," said Derek Humphry, who was in Boston to speak at a Harvard Medical School conference on suicide."We should be asking the suicide prevention movement, the medical estalishment or the family themselves, `What went wrong? Let's all have a look at what went wrong here.' Just to suddenly transfer the blame to my book I think is cheap and escapist and not socially responsible," he said.