Physician Assisted Suicide: Expanding the Debate

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415920025
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/28/1998
  • Series: Reflective Bioethics Series
  • Pages: 463
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Margaret P. Battin is Professor of Philosophy and Adjunct Professor of Internal Medicine, Division of Medical Ethics at the University of Utah. She is the author of numerous books, including, The Least Worst Death (1994). Rosamond Rhodes is Director of Bioethics Education and Associate Professor of Medical Education at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, CUNY. Anita Silvers is Professor of Philosophy at San Francisco State University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. 1 Conceptual Issues 9
1 Meanings of Death 11
2 Physician-Assisted Suicide, Euthanasia, and Intending Death 28
3 Physician-Assisted Suicide: Safe, Legal, Rare? 63
Pt. 2 Considering Those at Risk 73
4 Assisted Suicide: Are the Elderly a Special Case? 75
5 Lessons for Physician-Assisted Suicide From the African-American Experience 91
6 Why Suicide Is Like Contraception: A Women-Centered View 113
7 Disability and Life-Ending Decisions 123
8 Protecting the Innocents From Physician-Assisted Suicide: Disability Discrimination and the Duty to Protect Otherwise Vulnerable Groups 133
9 Assisted Suicide, Terminal Illness, Severe Disability, and the Double Standard 149
Pt. 3 Considering the Practice of Medicine 163
10 Physicians, Assisted Suicide, and the Right to Live or Die 165
11 Physician, Stay Thy Hand! 177
12 An Alternative to Physician-Assisted Suicide: A Conceptual and Moral Analysis 182
13 Not in the House: Arguments for a Policy of Excluding Physician-Assisted Suicide from the Practice of Hospital Medicine 203
Pt. 4 Considering the Impact of Legalization 223
14 Physician-Assisted Suicide: To Decriminalize or to Legalize, That Is the Question 225
15 From Intention to Consent: Learning from Experience with Euthanasia 252
16 The Weakness of the Case for Legalizing Physician-Assisted Suicide 267
17 Physician-Assisted Suicide: A Tragic View 279
18 The Supreme Court and Terminal Sedation: An Ethically Inferior Alternative to Physician-Assisted Suicide 301
19 Would Physician-Assisted Suicide Save the Healthcare System Money? (Or, Is Jack Kevarkian Doing All of Us a Favor?) 312
Pt. 5 Considering Religious Perspectives 323
20 A Catholic Perspective on Physician-Assisted Suicide 324
21 Christian Perspectives on Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia: The Anglican Tradition 334
22 A Protestant Perspective on Ending Life: Faithfulness in the Face of Death 347
23 Jewish Deliberations on Suicide: Exceptions, Toleration, and Assistance 362
Pt. 6 Appendices 373
A Washington 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, Breyer 377
B Vacco 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, Breyer 423
C The Philosophers' Brief: Ronald Dworkin, Thomas Nagel, Robert Nozick, John Rawls, Thomas Scanlon, and Judith Jarvis Thomson 431
D The Oregon Death With Dignity Act: Ballot Measure No. 16 443
Contributors 449
Index 455
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