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Arguing Euthanasia brings together for the first time an impressive array of viewpoints from both sides of this emotionally charged question as well as voices from the gravely ill and their loved ones. Beginning with a selection of pieces from the New England Journal of Medicine, where the debate was ignited in 1988, Arguing Euthanasia features essays by such outspoken advocates of active euthanasia as Timothy Quill and Sidney Hook, and important social critics and commentators such as Nat Hentoff, Leon R. Kass, and Ronald Dworkin.
As they probe the legal and ethical issues at the heart of physician-assisted suicide, these essays offer invaluable insights not only for those caring for the terminally ill but for anyone concerned with the deeper philosophical conflict between enduring life-oriented values and personal dignity that lies at the heart of this controversy.
Anthology, both pro & con, incl. selections from the New England Journal of Medicine/essays by Nat Hentoff, etc.
|Pt. I||It's Not Over Yet, Debbie||27|
|It's Over, Debbie||31|
|Doctors Must Not Kill||33|
|Debbie's Dying: Mercy Killing and the Good Death||37|
|Fashioning an Ethic for Life and Death in a Post-Modern Society||42|
|Pt. II||Through Doctors' Eyes||51|
|Death and Dignity - A Case of Individualized Decision Making||55|
|A Question of Mercy||63|
|Pt. III||The Dutch Model||77|
|Helping a Man Kill Himself, as Shown on Dutch TV||81|
|A Dozen Caveats Concerning the Discussion of Euthanasia in the Netherlands||88|
|The Slippery Slope of Euthanasia||110|
|Euthanasia - The Need for Procedural Safeguards||113|
|Pt. IV||Northwest Passage: Debate on the Pacific Coast||119|
|Physicians' Aid in Dying||123|
|Physician-Assisted Suicide: Flight from Compassion||133|
|When Medicine Lost Its Moral Conscience: Oregon Measure 16||140|
|Pt. V||Voices For and Against||169|
|Vital Distinctions, Mortal Questions: Debating Euthanasia and Health Care Costs||173|
|Death with Dignity and the Sanctity of Life||211|
|In Defense of Voluntary Euthanasia||237|
|If You Love Her, Help Her Die||241|
|Life Is Sacred: That's the Easy Part||246|
Posted May 5, 2002
The book gives a wonderful, unbiased review of one of the most controversial topics of this era. With excellent points on both sides, it causes the reader to question what they would actually do in a situation that considered euthanasia an option.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.