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Ending Life Ethics and the Way We Die

ISBN-10: 0195140273

ISBN-13: 9780195140279

Edition: 2005

Authors: Margaret Pabst Battin

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Margaret Pabst Battin has established a reputation as one of the top philosophers working in bioethics today. This work is a sequel to Battin's 1994 volume The Least Worst Death. The last ten years have seen fast-moving developments in the bioethical arena of end-of-life issues, from the legalization of physician-assisted suicide in Oregon and the Netherlands, to the trial and conviction of Jack Kevorkian, to recent debates about NuTech methods of assistance in dying, suicide bombing, and extra-long life. Battin presents an entirely new collection of work, covering a wide range of topics but again centering on issues of withdrawing or withholding treatment, suicide, physician-assisted suicide, and euthanasia in both international and American contexts. As with the earlier volume, these new essays are theoretical but draw heavily on factual material; new in this volume are attention to suicide in old age as well as terminal illness, and the use of fictional techniques to illuminate particularly sensitive issues.
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Book details

List price: $36.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/5/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 9.09" wide x 6.10" long x 0.79" tall
Weight: 1.782
Language: English

Introduction: Ending Life: The Way We Do It, the Way We Could Do It
Dilemmas about Dying
Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide
Euthanasia: The Way We Do It, the Way They Do It
Going Early, Going Late: The Rationality of Decisions about Physician-Assisted Suicide in AIDS
Is a Physician Ever Obligated to Help a Patient Die?
Case Consultation: Scott Ames, A Man Giving Up on Himself
Historical, Religious, and Cultural Concerns
Collecting the Primary Texts: Sources on the Ethics of Suicide
July 4, 1826: Explaining the Same-Day Deaths of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson (and What Could This Mean for Bioethics?)
High Risk Religion: Informed Consent in Faith Healing, Serpent Handling, and Refusing Medical Treatment
Terminal Procedure
The Ethics of Self-Sacrifice: What's Wrong with Suicide Bombing?
Dilemmas about Dying in a Global Future
Genetic Information and Knowing When You Will Die
Extra Long Life: Ethical Aspects of Increased Life Span
Global Life Expectancies and International Justice: A Reemergence of the Duty to Die?
New Life in the Assisted-Death Debate: Scheduled Drugs versus NuTech
Empirical Research in Bioethics: The Method of "Oppositional Collaboration"
Safe, Legal, Rare? Physician-Assisted Suicide and Cultural Change in the Future