Easeful Death: Is There a Case for Assisted Dying?

Easeful Death: Is There a Case for Assisted Dying?

by Mary Warnock, Elisabeth Macdonald
     
 

ISBN-10: 0199561842

ISBN-13: 9780199561841

Pub. Date: 03/15/2009

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Written with sensitivity, grace, and even-handed authority, Easeful Death provides a clearly reasoned assessment of arguments both for and against the legalization of assisted suicide and euthanasia. Drawing on the experience of Britain, the Netherlands, Belgium, and the United States, the authors explore the philosophical and ethical views on both sides of the

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Written with sensitivity, grace, and even-handed authority, Easeful Death provides a clearly reasoned assessment of arguments both for and against the legalization of assisted suicide and euthanasia. Drawing on the experience of Britain, the Netherlands, Belgium, and the United States, the authors explore the philosophical and ethical views on both sides of the debate, and examine how different legislative proposals would affect different members of society, from the very young to the very old. They describe the practical, medical processes of palliative care, self-denial of food and water, assisted dying and euthanasia, and ultimately conclude that the public is ready to embrace a more compassionate approach to assisted dying and that the dying themselves deserve a greater say in the timing and manner of their deaths. Whatever the results of the legislative debate, compassion must be the guiding principle in the way we treat people who are dying or want to die.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199561841
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
03/15/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.30(d)

Table of Contents

1 Fundamental Principles: The Nature of the Dispute 1

2 Types of Euthanasia 15

3 Psychiatric Assisted Suicide 21

4 Neonates 35

5 Incompetent Adults 51

6 Human Life is Sacred 65

7 The Slippery Slope 75

8 Medical Views 91

9 Four Methods of Easing Death and their Effect on Doctors 103

10 Looking Further Ahead 125

Notes and References 141

Index 149

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