Arguing Euthanasia: The Controversy Over Mercy Killing, Assisted Suicide, And The "Right To Die"

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Simon and Schuster, Oct 1, 1995 - Law - 251 pages
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The proliferation of life-prolonging technology in recent years has made the controversy over the "right to die" and physician-assisted suicide one of the most explosive medical and ethical issues of our day. Dr. Jack Kevorkian's "suicide machine" has commanded front-page coverage for several years, while in 1994 Oregon passed a measure allowing the terminally ill to obtain lethal prescriptions for suicide, and other states have placed similar proposals on their ballots.

Arguing Euthanasia brings together for the first time an impressive array of viewpoints from both sides of this emotionally charged question as well as voices from the gravely ill and their loved ones. Beginning with a selection of pieces from the New England Journal of Medicine, where the debate was ignited in 1988, Arguing Euthanasia features essays by such outspoken advocates of active euthanasia as Timothy Quill and Sidney Hook, and important social critics and commentators such as Nat Hentoff, Leon R. Kass, and Ronald Dworkin.

As they probe the legal and ethical issues at the heart of physician-assisted suicide, these essays offer invaluable insights not only for those caring for the terminally ill but for anyone concerned with the deeper philosophical conflict between enduring life-oriented values and personal dignity that lies at the heart of this controversy.

  

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Contents

A Dozen Caveats Concerning the Discussion
Introduction
ii
Its Over Debbie
31
Mercy Killing and the Good Death
37
Death and DignityA Case of Individualized
53
A Question of Mercy
63
Helping a Man Kill Himself as Shown
81
Debate on the Pacific Coast
121
Oregon
140
Debating
173
Death with Dignity and the Sanctity of Life
211
In Defense of Voluntary Euthanasia
237
If You Love Her Help Her Die
241
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