Sensitive and high-profile public policy issues often benefit from being considered in comparative perspective. Here, euthanasia and the right to die are examined in the context of the social, legal, and religious settings of a wide range of countries. The authors employ public opinion data, where available, to illustrate the great disparity between approval of physician-assisted suicide and the general illegality of the practice. Ultimately, making and implementing laws to ensure a responsible right to die_as the U.S. has been struggling with in Oregon, Michigan, and elsewhere_will be informed by experiences in such places as the Netherlands, Australia, and the only country in the world where euthanasia is a clear-cut medical option: Colombia.
An engaging and detailed book which incorporates survey data, historical data, policy reflection and anecdotal information. ...a thorough treatment of the subject. This work is compelling as authors Scherer and Simon provide readers with a quick and consice summary of major arguments and legislation which acknowledges its bias while presenting and addessing the opposing point of view.
Journal Of Health Psychology
Each chapter is clearly written, well conceptualized and informative, so that it makes an excellent starting point for readers who new to these issues. Even for those who more familiar with the topic, however, there is a great deal to be learned from Scherer and Simon's analysis. Schrerer and Simon have done an exemplary job of contextualizing the euthanasia controversy in a comparative way, and they have provided a global policy analysis that is unavailable in any other single reference work. Euthanasia and the Right to Die is an excellent introduction for those who are interested in learning more about the debate from an international, social policy perspective.
The Law and Politics Book Review
This work succeeds not only in its reach to construct a comparative contextual framework and in its synthesis of data from a wide variety of sources, but in its exposition of the public and private facets of end-of-life issues. . . . An informative contribution to the literature on euthanasia and right-to-die policies around the world.
CHOICE, September 1999
- V. B. Beyers
Scherer and Simon's timely publication is an excellent study of the attitudes, laws, and practices of euthanasia, physician-assisted suicide, and right-to-die legislation in the US and 19 other countries . . . a significant contribution to health professions literature and a useful resource for students of ethics, the health professions, and practicing professionals.
After discussing the historical, moral, political, and religious issues surrounding the concept, practice, and possible abuse of euthanasia, the authors devote separate chapters to the present state of euthanasia in various countries. The discussion is organized in four sections, each composed of countries with similar policies. The final chapter offers recommendations towards what the authors view as a workable euthanasia policy. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Kathleen M. Hale
Despite the limited treatment provided for some countries, this work succeeds not only in its reach to construct a comparative contextual framework and in its synthesis of data from a wide variety of sources, but in its exposition of the public and private facets of end-of life issues....Sherer and Simon offer an informative contribution to the literature on euthanasia and right-to die policies around the world.
— The Law and Politics Book Review
Chapter 1 Death and Dying in Historical Perspective Chapter 2 The Fundamental Issues Chapter 3 Euthanasia in the United States and Canada Chapter 4 Euthanasia in the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Germany, and Switzerland, Spain , and France Chapter 5 Euthanasia in Australia, China, Japan, and India Chapter 6 Euthanasia in Colombia, South Africa, Iran, and Israel Chapter 7 Toward a Workable Social Policy Chapter 8 Notes Chapter 9 Suggested Reading Chapter 10 Index