Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide

Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide

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The moral issues involved in doctors assisting patients to die with dignity are of absolutely central concern to the medical profession, ethicists, and the public at large. The debate is fuelled by cases that extend far beyond passive euthanasia to the active consideration of killing by physicians. The need for a sophisticated but lucid exposition of the two sides of the argument is now urgent. This book supplies that need. Two prominent philosophers, Gerald Dworkin and R. G. Frey present the case for legalization of physician-assisted suicide. One of the best-known ethicists in the US, Sissela Bok, argues the case against.show more

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"The public debate on euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide will go on for many years. It is one of the most profound debates in American society now. The authors of these elegant essays for and against euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide are not only clear and compelling thinkers, but they bring to the subject an important set of sensibilities and perspectives. This will be an especially fine exchange for those trying to get a clear sense of the nature of the issues at stake." Daniel Callahan, The Hastings Center "This book did a good job of educating the reader on both sides of the debate on PAS and AVE. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in learning more about these issues." Ethics and Medicineshow more

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Part I Gerald Dworkin and R. G. Frey: Introduction; 1. The nature of medicine; 2. Distinctions in death; 3. The fear of a slippery slope; 4. Public policy and physician-assisted suicide; Part II Sissela Bok: 5. Choosing death and taking life; 6. Suicide; 7. Euthanasia; 8. Physician-assisted suicide.show more

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