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    Giving Death a Helping Hand Physician-Assisted Suicide and Public Policy. an International Perspective

    ISBN-10: 1402064950
    ISBN-13: 9781402064951
    Edition: 2008
    Description: If it comes to choosing between methods of last resort for severely suffering, physician-assisted suicide will probably prove more acceptable as a method of last resort than active euthanasia both to patients, to legislators and to the general  More...
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    Copyright Year: 2008
    Publisher: Springer
    Publication Date: 2/7/2008
    Binding: Hardcover
    Pages: 157
    Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
    Weight: 0.880
    Language: English

    If it comes to choosing between methods of last resort for severely suffering, physician-assisted suicide will probably prove more acceptable as a method of last resort than active euthanasia both to patients, to legislators and to the general public. From the perspective of patients, physician-assisted is a more unambiguous expression of the patient's autonomous will. From the legislator's perspective it seems less liable to misuse and abuse. And often the availability of assisted suicide, instead of shortening the life of a patient, has proved to prolong it. Public policy has begun to respond to this prospect. Notably in Switzerland and Germany, the attitudes of public bodies towards physician-assisted suicide are in a process of change, partly motivated by the wish to take the edge off the pressure for legalisation of active euthanasia. The present volume focuses on public policy issues related to physician-assisted suicide. It offers a detailed analysis of the current legal standing and practice of physician-assisted suicide in various countries and discusses the ethical principles underlying its legal and professional regulation. In addition, it contains a number of personal narratives by professionals who have for many years been involved in end-of-life issues.

    Preface
    Physician-Assisted Suicide and Public Policy
    Should Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legalized?
    Slippery Slopes and Physician-Assisted Suicide
    Physician-Assisted Suicide and the Medical Associations
    Safe, Legal, Rare? Physician-Assisted Suicide and Cultural Change in the Future
    Palliative Options of Last Resort: A Comparison of Voluntarily Stopping Eating and Drinking, Terminal Sedation, Physician-Assisted Suicide, and Voluntary Active Euthanasia
    Physician-Assisted Suicide - An International Perspective
    Physician-Assisted Suicide in Oregon
    Physician-Assisted Suicide in the Netherlands and Belgium
    Physician-Assisted Suicide and the German Criminal Law
    Physician-Assisted Death. An Australian Perspective
    Assisted Dying: The View from the United Kingdom
    Physician-Assisted Suicide - Narratives from Professional and Personal Experience
    Physician-Assisted Suicide: A Doctor's Perspective
    Physician-Assisted Suicide in Switzerland: A Personal Report
    The European Convention on Human Rights Protects the Right of Suicide

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