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Overview

Today's news is full of stories about "suicide machines," and physician-assisted death. Can physician-assisted death be accepted as a reasonable ethical choice? Or must a patient's pain and suffering be prolonged in order to preserve life, without regard to the quality of that life?

A mind-opening new book from Humana Press, Physician-Assisted Death provides seven articles by leading authorities examining the medical, ethical, legal, and philosophical issues involved in physician-assisted death and scrutinizing the principal arguments for and against it.

The analysis includes an examination of public opinion polls and surveys of physicians, an exploration of the impact on both society and the physician-patient relationship, and a discussion of the relationship between physician-assisted death and the right to privacy as recognized by the Supreme Court and common law.

This important book adds new dimensions to America's fascination with the activities of Dr. Jack Kevorkian, and the worldwide interest in physician-assisted death evidenced by its legalization in the Netherlands. This book significantly advances the level of the discussion on this vitally important topic.

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Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: James F. Bresnahan, SJ, JD, LLM, PhD (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This book mobilizes the varied expertise of seven authors, some more well known than others, to examine in six chapters the moral, legal, psychological, and sociological dimensions of the currently debated issue of physician involvement in actively helping a patient who requests to die, whether by helping the patient to inflict death on self or by doing this for the patient.
Purpose: The purpose is to survey and interpret critically the extensive literature that has developed about this debated issue.
Audience: Although it aims to help persons active in health care to obtain an overview of the debate, it also seems to aim at a wider public as well.
Features: The essays do provide a wide examination of the literature. This collection surveys some viewpoints on the debated issue as these were developed prior to the successful passage of the Oregon initiative legalizing physician-assisted dying in November 1994.
Assessment: The overall impact of the collection is to engender support of such initiatives. The general thrust of several of the essays is to support "physician-assisted dying" and to reject completely the opposite view. Two essays present arguments on both sides more dispassionately. No essay examines fully the hospice experience with care of the dying or discusses the probable negative impact on further development and financing of hospice if legal permission is given to physician-assisted dying. Nor are the developing constraints of managed care on the capacity of physicians to carefully determine the rationality of the requests to be helped to die discussed.
James F. Bresnahan
This book mobilizes the varied expertise of seven authors, some more well known than others, to examine in six chapters the moral, legal, psychological, and sociological dimensions of the currently debated issue of physician involvement in actively helping a patient who requests to die, whether by helping the patient to inflict death on self or by doing this for the patient. The purpose is to survey and interpret critically the extensive literature that has developed about this debated issue. Although it aims to help persons active in health care to obtain an overview of the debate, it also seems to aim at a wider public as well. The essays do provide a wide examination of the literature. This collection surveys some viewpoints on the debated issue as these were developed prior to the successful passage of the Oregon initiative legalizing physician-assisted dying in November 1994. The overall impact of the collection is to engender support of such initiatives. The general thrust of several of the essays is to support "physician-assisted dying" and to reject completely the opposite view. Two essays present arguments on both sides more dispassionately. No essay examines fully the hospice experience with care of the dying or discusses the probable negative impact on further development and financing of hospice if legal permission is given to physician-assisted dying. Nor are the developing constraints of managed care on the capacity of physicians to carefully determine the rationality of the requests to be helped to die discussed.
Booknews
Seven essays examine the medical, ethical, legal, and philosophical issues involved in physician-assisted death and the arguments for and against it. They discuss the impact on society, on the physician-patient relationship, and on the right to privacy, drawing on recent public opinion polls, surveys of physicians and practices in other countries. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780896032651
  • Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York, LLC
  • Publication date: 2/4/1994
  • Series: Biomedical Ethics Reviews (closed) Series , #1993
  • Edition description: 1994
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 155
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Diane E. Meier, Doctors' Attitudes and Experiences with Physician-Assisted Death: A Review of the Literature. Gregg A. Kasting, The Nonnecessity of Euthanasia. G. Steven Neeley, The Constitutionality of Elective and Physician-Assisted Death. Franklin G. Miller and John C. Fletcher, Physician-Assisted Suicide and Active Euthanasia. David C. Thomasma, The Ethics of Physician-Assisted Suicide. Evelyne Shuster, Life, Death, and the Pursuit of Destiny: The Case of Thomas Donaldson. Index.
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