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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780737732528
  • Publisher: Cengage Gale
  • Publication date: 11/17/2006
  • Series: Contemporary Issues Companion Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 183
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword     9
Introduction     12
Assisted Death in Current Practice
Public Opinion Is Divided on End-of-Life Issues$dPublic Agenda     17
It Is Legal for Conscious, Rational Patients to Refuse Medical Life Support   James J. Murtagh     23
Physician-Assisted Suicide Remains Low in Oregon$dOregon Department of Human Services     27
Physician-Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia Are Increasing in Europe   Colin Nickerson     33
Withdrawal of Life-Sustaining Medical Treatment
Medical Treatment Should Be Withdrawn Only When Burdensome to the Patient$dPresident's Council on Bioethics     40
Withdrawal of Feeding Tubes Is Euthanasia   Anthony Ozimic   John Fleming     44
Withdrawal of Feeding Tubes Is Not Euthanasia   Paul Lauritzen     50
Religious Views About Withdrawal of Feeding Tubes Do Not Agree   Teresa Watanabe   Larry B. Stammer     56
The Case of Terri Schiavo Raises Questions About Public Policy   Bruce Jennings     60
New Knowledge About Levels of Unconsciousness May Affect Life-Support Decisions   Joseph J. Fins     70
Physician-Assisted Suicide
Physician-Assisted Suicide Should Be Legal   Marcia Angell     78
Physician-Assisted Suicide Should Not Be Legal   Marilyn Golden     85
Refuting Arguments in Favor of Physician-Assisted Suicide   Kevin Yuill     94
Disabled People Disagree About Physician-Assisted Suicide   Barry Corbet     101
Physician-Assisted Suicide Is Compatible with Christian Ethics   John Shelby Spong     110
Physician-Assisted Suicide Is Not Compatible with Christian Ethics   Archbishop Peter Jensen     117
Personal Narratives On Assisted Death
A Disabled Woman Tells Why She Opposes Withdrawal of Medical Life Support   Diane Coleman     127
A Former Governor of Oregon Tells Why She Favors the State's Physician-Assisted Suicide Law   Barbara Roberts     131
An Oregon Doctor Tells Why He Opposes the State's Physician-Assisted Suicide Law   William M. Petty     137
A Reporter Witnesses a Legal Physician-Assisted Suicide in Oregon   Tim Christie     142
The Daughter of a Multiple Sclerosis Patient Ponders the Morality of Assisted Suicide   Yvette Cabrera-Rojas     150
Organizations to Contact     159
Bibliography     167
Index     177
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