Easeful Death: Is There a Case for Assisted Dying?

Easeful Death: Is There a Case for Assisted Dying?

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Easeful Death: Is There a Case for Assisted Dying?

Written with sensitivity, grace, and even-handed authority, Easeful Death provides a clearly reasoned assessment of arguments both for and against the legalization of assisted suicide and euthanasia. Drawing on the experience of Britain, the Netherlands, Belgium, and the United States, the authors explore the philosophical and ethical views on both sides of the debate, and examine how different legislative proposals would affect different members of society, from the very young to the very old. They describe the practical, medical processes of palliative care, self-denial of food and water, assisted dying and euthanasia, and ultimately conclude that the public is ready to embrace a more compassionate approach to assisted dying and that the dying themselves deserve a greater say in the timing and manner of their deaths. Whatever the results of the legislative debate, compassion must be the guiding principle in the way we treat people who are dying or want to die.

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ISBN-13: 9780199561841
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 03/15/2009
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.30(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction     vii
Fundamental Principles: The Nature of the Dispute     1
Types of Euthanasia     15
Psychiatric Assisted Suicide     21
Neonates     35
Incompetent Adults     51
Human Life is Sacred     65
The Slippery Slope     75
Medical Views     91
Four Methods of Easing Death and their Effect on Doctors     103
Looking Further Ahead     125
Notes and References     141
Index     149

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