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Thanks to the runaway success of the number-one national bestseller Final Exit: the Practicalities of Self-Deliverance and Assisted Suicide for the Dying, the right to die has been brought to the moral and political forefront. Derek Humphry's new book, Dying with Dignity: Understanding Euthanasia, puts the somewhat confusing ethics and legality of the right to die in perspective and serves as an important companion volume to Final Exit. Euthanasia became a personal experience for Derek Humphry when his first ...
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Thanks to the runaway success of the number-one national bestseller Final Exit: the Practicalities of Self-Deliverance and Assisted Suicide for the Dying, the right to die has been brought to the moral and political forefront. Derek Humphry's new book, Dying with Dignity: Understanding Euthanasia, puts the somewhat confusing ethics and legality of the right to die in perspective and serves as an important companion volume to Final Exit. Euthanasia became a personal experience for Derek Humphry when his first wife, Jean, who was suffering from terminal breast cancer, asked him to help her die. This unhappy event, and the public interest surrounding it, caused him to found the nonprofit National Hemlock Society and become the champion of this cause. Through essays and briefings, Humphry's latest book, Dying with Dignity, helps readers work their way through the labyrinth of complex issues which comprise the subject. Topics of discussion include:. Euthanasia: Is it mercy or murder? The case for rational suicide--when suicide is justified and the ethical parameters of autoeuthanasia (i.e., the taking of one's own life). The trend toward acceptance--why more judges are increasingly ruling for the terminally ill patient's rights over the hospital's responsibilities to preserve life. Evidence of the dramatic growth of the right-to-die movement. Questions and answers about the Hemlock Society--answers including why this pioneer group was formed and what its political goals are. Specific questions regarding the pros and cons of different suicide methods are also discussed. The landmark cases of eleven doctors who have been charged with killing a terminally ill patient or family member, and the consequences of these cases--from Harold Balzer, who in 1935 "murdered" his daughter, a victim of cerebral spinal meningitis, to Dr. Jack Kevorkian, who in 1991 developed a suicide machine. The profound differences between mercy killing, assisted suicide, and auto-euthanasia--and

From the author of the runaway #1 New York Times bestseller Final Exit, here is what every reader should know about euthanasia. The founder and executive director of the Hemlock Society makes a case for the right to die and covers many landmark cases.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The bestselling author of Final Exit discusses the legal and ethical questions surrounding euthanasia. (Oct.)
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  • ISBN-13: 9781559721059
  • Publisher: Carol Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/1/1992
  • Pages: 215
  • Product dimensions: 5.72 (w) x 8.48 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 17
1 The Great Debate of the 1990s 25
2 Why Euthanasia Lost in Washington State 37
3 Personal Reactions to Final Exit 49
4 AIDS and Euthanasia 55
5 The Ethicist 61
6 Euthanasia: Is It Mercy or Murder? 67
7 The Case for Rational Suicide 77
8 Offering Euthanasia Can Be an Act of Love 87
9 Who Will Help Another to Die? 93
10 Don't Deny Each Other the Right to Choose 103
11 Helping People to Die Is the Right Thing to Do 109
12 Mercy Denied to Roswell Gilbert 115
13 Roper Poll Shows Support for Euthanasia, and Clemency for Mercy Killer 129
14 The Trial of Dr. Peter Rosier 137
15 Mercy at Last for Nancy Cruzan 149
16 Euthanasia for the Elite 155
17 From Six to Thirty World Groups 161
18 Hemlock Society's Tenth Birthday 167
19 Questions and Answers on the Hemlock Society 173
20 Eleven Doctors Accused in USA 189
21 The Death With Dignity Act 197
Appendix 203
Sources 215
Gallup Poll 217
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2002

    Great Book!

    I really enjoyed the content and style of this book it created an overwhelming awareness of euthanasia. I now support it because of this book.

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