Final Exit: The Practicalities of Self-Deliverance and Assisted Suicide for the Dying

Final Exit: The Practicalities of Self-Deliverance and Assisted Suicide for the Dying

by Derek Humphry
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0788156071

ISBN-13: 9780788156076

Pub. Date: 09/01/1998

Publisher: DIANE Publishing Company

The original publication of Final Exit stunned the nation by offering people with terminal illness a choice on how -- and when -- to end their suffering. It helped thousands by giving clear instructions to doctors, nurses, and families on how to handle a patient's request for euthanasia. In the wake of court cases and legislative mandates, this revised and updated

Overview

The original publication of Final Exit stunned the nation by offering people with terminal illness a choice on how -- and when -- to end their suffering. It helped thousands by giving clear instructions to doctors, nurses, and families on how to handle a patient's request for euthanasia. In the wake of court cases and legislative mandates, this revised and updated third edition goes far beyond the original to provide new information about the legality of euthanasia and assisted suicide, and a thoughtful examination of the personal issues involved. It has become the essential source to help loved ones and supportive doctors remain within existing laws and keep a person's dying intimate, private, and dignified. With deep compassion and sensitivity, it spells out why a living will may not be sufficient to have a person's wishes carried out -- and what document is a better alternative. It updates where to get proper drugs and exactly how to carry out the quickest, most peaceful way to make a final exit. Finally, it gently talks to a person considering self-deliverance about alternatives, planning, and the means to make every death a "good death" at our time of greatest need.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780788156076
Publisher:
DIANE Publishing Company
Publication date:
09/01/1998
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Introductions
1.The Most Difficult Decision1
2.Shopping for the Right Doctor9
3.Beware of the Law15
4.The Hospice Option23
5.The Cyanide Enigma28
6.Death Hollywood Style36
7.Bizarre Ways to Die41
8.The Dilemma of the Severely Handicapped50
9.Self-Starvation58
10.The Will to Die and "Miracle Cures"63
11.Who Shall Know?69
12.Life Insurance73
13.After the Self-Deliverance76
14.A Private Matter?81
15.Psychological Support for the Dying87
16.Letters to Be Written92
17.Going Together?97
18.When Is the Time to Die?101
19.How Do You Get the "Magic Pills"?109
20.Storing Drugs117
21.Death in the Family Car121
22.Self-Deliverance Using a Plastic Bag124
23.A Speedier Way: Inert Gases130
24.The Checklist141
25.The Final Act146
26.The Risky Drugs157
27.Physician- and Non-Physician-Assisted Suicide167
Appendix AGlossary of Terms Connected with Dying175
Appendix BOregon's Death with Dignity Act180
Appendix CCurrent Laws on Voluntary Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide197
Appendix DA Living Will and Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care198
Books to Read209
Index211
Euthanasia Research & Guidance Organization (ERGO!)221
About the Author225

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