Physician Assisted Suicide: Expanding the Debate

Physician Assisted Suicide: Expanding the Debate

by Margaret P. Battin
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415920027

ISBN-13: 9780415920025

Pub. Date: 08/28/1998

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Physician Assisted Suicide is a cross-disciplinary collection of essays from philosophers, physicians, theologians, social scientists, lawyers and economists. As the first book to consider the implications of the Supreme Court decisions in Washington v. Glucksburg and Vacco v. Quill concerning physician-assisted suicide from a variety of perspectives, this

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Overview

Physician Assisted Suicide is a cross-disciplinary collection of essays from philosophers, physicians, theologians, social scientists, lawyers and economists. As the first book to consider the implications of the Supreme Court decisions in Washington v. Glucksburg and Vacco v. Quill concerning physician-assisted suicide from a variety of perspectives, this collection advances informed, reflective, vigorous public debate.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415920025
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
08/28/1998
Series:
Reflective Bioethics Series
Pages:
463
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
Pt. 1Conceptual Issues9
1Meanings of Death11
2Physician-Assisted Suicide, Euthanasia, and Intending Death28
3Physician-Assisted Suicide: Safe, Legal, Rare?63
Pt. 2Considering Those at Risk73
4Assisted Suicide: Are the Elderly a Special Case?75
5Lessons for Physician-Assisted Suicide From the African-American Experience91
6Why Suicide Is Like Contraception: A Women-Centered View113
7Disability and Life-Ending Decisions123
8Protecting the Innocents From Physician-Assisted Suicide: Disability Discrimination and the Duty to Protect Otherwise Vulnerable Groups133
9Assisted Suicide, Terminal Illness, Severe Disability, and the Double Standard149
Pt. 3Considering the Practice of Medicine163
10Physicians, Assisted Suicide, and the Right to Live or Die165
11Physician, Stay Thy Hand!177
12An Alternative to Physician-Assisted Suicide: A Conceptual and Moral Analysis182
13Not in the House: Arguments for a Policy of Excluding Physician-Assisted Suicide from the Practice of Hospital Medicine203
Pt. 4Considering the Impact of Legalization223
14Physician-Assisted Suicide: To Decriminalize or to Legalize, That Is the Question225
15From Intention to Consent: Learning from Experience with Euthanasia252
16The Weakness of the Case for Legalizing Physician-Assisted Suicide267
17Physician-Assisted Suicide: A Tragic View279
18The Supreme Court and Terminal Sedation: An Ethically Inferior Alternative to Physician-Assisted Suicide301
19Would Physician-Assisted Suicide Save the Healthcare System Money? (Or, Is Jack Kevarkian Doing All of Us a Favor?)312
Pt. 5Considering Religious Perspectives323
20A Catholic Perspective on Physician-Assisted Suicide324
21Christian Perspectives on Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia: The Anglican Tradition334
22A Protestant Perspective on Ending Life: Faithfulness in the Face of Death347
23Jewish Deliberations on Suicide: Exceptions, Toleration, and Assistance362
Pt. 6Appendices373
AWashington et al. v. Glucksberg et al.: Text of the Supreme Court Decision Delivered by Chief Justice Rehnquist. Concurring Opinions by Justices O'Connor, Stevens, Souter, Ginsburg, Breyer377
BVacco et al. v. Quill et al.: Text of the Supreme Court Decision Delivered by Chief Justice Rehnquist. Concurring Opinions by Justices O'Connor, Stevens, Souter, Ginsburg, Breyer423
CThe Philosophers' Brief: Ronald Dworkin, Thomas Nagel, Robert Nozick, John Rawls, Thomas Scanlon, and Judith Jarvis Thomson431
DThe Oregon Death With Dignity Act: Ballot Measure No. 16443
Contributors449
Index455

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