Angels of Death: Exploring the Euthanasia Underground

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Overview

This book uncovers the hidden world of illicit physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia. Through the frank and often troubling first-hand accounts of health professionals who have been involved in assisted death, the book records for the first time this secret but real area of medical and nursing practice. Through face-to-face interviews with these "angels of death," Roger S. Magnusson explores the social practices, relationships, and networks that constitute "underground" euthanasia.
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Peter Singer
Angels of Death breaks new ground in documenting the existence of a euthanasia underground in Australia and the United States. The stories told to Roger Magnusson are sometimes heart-breaking,and sometimes horrifying,but his findings are indispensable reading for everyone debating the legalization of euthanasia,no matter what side they take.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300094398
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2002
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
1 Who would do such a thing? 7
2 Doctors who kill 23
3 Voices in the euthanasia debate 35
4 Sanctity of life: the slow death of an idea? 54
5 Exploring the meaning of suicide talk 68
6 Responding to euthanasia requests 100
7 People, practices and potions 128
8 Doing fieldwork in the euthanasia underground 152
9 The underground community 174
10 Disturbing issues 200
11 More disturbing issues 230
12 De-mystifying euthanasia practice 248
13 Euthanasia policy: hard questions, hard consequences 260
App The recruitment strategy and methodology adopted in this study 282
Notes 285
Bibliography 307
Index 322
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