Medically Assisted Death

Medically Assisted Death

by Robert Young
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521880246

ISBN-13: 9780521880244

Pub. Date: 10/31/2007

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Does a competent person suffering from a terminal illness or enduring an otherwise burdensome existence, who considers his life no longer of value but is incapable of ending it, have a right to be helped to die? Should someone for whom further medical treatment would be futile be allowed to die regardless of expressing a preference to be given all possible treatment?…  See more details below

Overview

Does a competent person suffering from a terminal illness or enduring an otherwise burdensome existence, who considers his life no longer of value but is incapable of ending it, have a right to be helped to die? Should someone for whom further medical treatment would be futile be allowed to die regardless of expressing a preference to be given all possible treatment? These are some of the questions that are asked and answered in this wide-ranging discussion of both the morality of medically assisted death and the justifiability of making certain instances legal. A case is offered in support of the moral and legal permissibility of specified instances of medically assisted death, along with responses to the main objections that have been levelled against it. The philosophical argument is bolstered by empirical evidence from The Netherlands and Oregon where voluntary euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide are already legal.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521880244
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/31/2007
Pages:
260
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. A case for the legalisation of voluntary medically assisted death; 3. Medical futility; 4. Physician-assisted suicide; 5. The sanctity of human life; 6. Killing versus letting die, the doctrine of double effect, and palliative care for the dying; 7. Professional integrity and voluntary medically assisted death; 8. Competence and end-of-life decision making; 9. Advance directives; 10. Voluntary medically assisted death and slippery slope arguments; 11. Non-voluntary euthanasia; 12. Concluding remarks.

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