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Regulating How We Die

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ISBN13: 9780674666535
ISBN: 0674666534
Published: July 1998
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Format: Hardback
Price: Out of print

The Supreme Court in America has ruled that states may prohibit physician-assisted suicide. This text assembles experts in the field of medical ethics to provide an account of the arguments for and against physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia, and for the historical, empirical and legal perspectives on this complicated issue.;Questions are addressed here including: what does mercy dictate?; is it a justification for killing?; does physician-assisted suicide honour or violate autonomy?; is it more dignified than natural death?; is this decision purely a private matter?; and will legalizing physician-assisted suicide put us on a slippery slop toward involuntary euthanasia? The text analyzes data taken from Holland, in an attempt to learn from the only country in which physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia are legal.

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Part 1 Considerations in favour: helping desperately ill people to die, Marcia Angell; is a physician ever obligated to help a patient die?, Margaret P. Battin; harming, healing and euthanasia. Erich H. Loewy.
Part 2 Considerations against: the false promise of beneficent killing, Edmind D. Pellegrino; facing assisted suicide and euthanasia in children and adolescents, Susan M. Wolf; religious viewpoints, James F. Childress.
Part 3 Perspectives: factual findings, Paul van der Maas and Linda L. Emanuel; why now?, Ezekiel J. Emanuel; the bell tolls for a right to suicide, George J. Annas; a question of balance, Linda L. Emanuel.