A Concise History of Euthanasia: Life, Death, God, and Medicine (Critical Issues in History Series)

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Historian, Ian Dowbiggin exposes the many disturbing themes that link present and past in the concept of the right to die. This provocative historical perspective will be indispensible as patients, families, governments, and the medical community debate when it is time to let go of life.

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Dowbiggin has produced a well-written text of considerable breadth . . . . Those generally interested in the topic will find all they need to know about the whys and hows of euthanasia belief and advocacy in this short and easy-to-digest book. Dowbiggin has fulfilled the promise of his title and produced the best available concise history of euthanasia.
American Historical Review
A useful, clearly written primer on an issue of increasing importance.
Paul McHugh
Essential reading that recounts with verve and clarity the story of euthanasia from the ancient Greeks to postmodern Americans. Understanding the historical record may lead contemporary advocates for euthanasia and assisted suicide to pause and reconsider their prescriptions today. Certainly those who combat these practices cannot help but be bolstered by Dowbiggin’s fine piece of work.
Wilfred M. McClay
Anyone desiring a more deeply informed sense of the historical background to our current debates over end-of-life issues will appreciate this thoughtful and dispassionate introduction by Ian Dowbiggin, one of our most accomplished scholars of the subject. They will learn that the burning controversies of the moment, while unprecedented in many respects, are not entirely new, precisely because they emerge out of the most fundamental problems of human existence.
Summer 2008 Ethics and Medicine
It is certainly accessible and can be commended as a very general orientation to the history of euthanasia; one becomes familiar with the broad contours of its history.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Obedient unto Death Chapter 2 This Troublesome Shore Chapter 3 Method of Escape Chapter 4 A Higher Morality? Chapter 5 In God We Trust Chapter 6 Collision Course Chapter 7 Cradle and Grave
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