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Whether competent, terminally-ill patients have a right to die with the assistance of their physicians or whether state and national governments have legitimate interests in forbidding the exercise of this right are the central questions around which this volume revolves. In either case, essential constitutional issues as well as ethical and medical reflections enter the debate. The work, blending sources and commentary, seeks to prepare its readers to enter the discussion by providing and introduction to the law and politics of physician-assisted suicide.