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Fatal Freedom is an eloquent defense of every individual's right to choose a voluntary death. The author, a renowned psychiatrist, believes that we can speak about suicide calmly and rationally, as he does in this book, and that we can ultimately accept suicide as part of the human condition. By maintaining statutes that determine that voluntary death is not legal, our society is forfeiting one of its basic freedoms and causing the psychiatric/medical establishment to treat individuals in a manner that is disturbingly inhumane according to Dr. Szasz. His important work asks and points to clear, intelligent answers to some of the most significant ethical questions of our time:
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This eloquent defense of every individual's right to choose a voluntary death will contribute greatly to the debates of some of the most significant ethical issues facing our society: physician-assisted suicide, psychiatric intervention for suicidal patients, and euthanasia.
|1||Speaking of Suicide: Our Self-Mutilated Vocabulary||1|
|2||Constructing Suicide: What Counts as Killing Oneself?||9|
|3||Excusing Suicide: The Fateful Evasion||29|
|4||"Preventing" Suicide: "Saving" Lives||45|
|5||Prescribing Suicide: Death as Treatment||63|
|6||Perverting Suicide: Killing as Treatment||89|
|7||Rethinking Suicide: Death Control, the Final Responsibility||107|