Precisely this question was raised by a recent series of decisions in a case from Illinois, Hobart v. Shin (1,2). The case arose in the aftermath of the death by suicide of Kathryn Hobart, a 27-year-old student at the University of Illinois' Chicago campus. Ms. Hobart, who had a long history of depression, sought care from Dr. Shin, a family practitioner at the student health service. She complained of fatigue, loss of appetite, sleep disturbance, and a general sense of hopelessness. Concerned about the patient's potential for suicidal behavior, Dr. Shin had Ms. Hobart examined by a psychologist, who persuaded her to admit herself voluntarily to a psychiatric unit.