Euthanasia and Physician Assisted Suicide (For and Against Series) / Edition 1

Euthanasia and Physician Assisted Suicide (For and Against Series) / Edition 1

by Gerald Dworkin, R. G. Frey, Sissela Bok, Sissela BOK
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521587891

ISBN-13: 9780521587891

Pub. Date: 08/28/1998

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The moral issues involved in doctors assisting patients to die with dignity are of absolutely central concern to the medical profession, ethicists, and the public at large. The debate is fueled by cases that extend way beyond passive euthanasia to the active consideration of killing by physicians. The need for a sophisticated but lucid exposition of the two sides

Overview

The moral issues involved in doctors assisting patients to die with dignity are of absolutely central concern to the medical profession, ethicists, and the public at large. The debate is fueled by cases that extend way beyond passive euthanasia to the active consideration of killing by physicians. The need for a sophisticated but lucid exposition of the two sides of the argument is now urgent. This book supplies that need. Two prominent philosophers, Gerald Dworkin and R. G. Frey argue that in certain circumstances it is morally and should be legally permissible for physicians to provide the knowledge and means by which patients can take their lives. One of the best-known ethicists in the US (author of Lying: Moral Choice in Public and Private) Sissela Bok argues that the legalization of euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide would entail grave risks and would in no way deal adequately with the needs of those at the end of their lives, least of all in societies without health insurance available to all. All the moral and factual issues relevant to this controversy are explored. The book will thus enable readers to begin to decide for themselves how to confront a decision that we are all likely to face at some point in our lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521587891
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/28/1998
Series:
For and Against Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
152
Sales rank:
1,237,688
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.35(d)

Table of Contents

Part I Gerald Dworkin and R. G. Frey: Introduction; 1. The nature of medicine; 2. Distinctions in death; 3. The fear of a slippery slope; 4. Public policy and physician-assisted suicide; Part II Sissela Bok: 5. Choosing death and taking life; 6. Suicide; 7. Euthanasia; 8. Physician-assisted suicide.

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