A Good Death: An Argument For Voluntary Euthanasia

Front Cover
Melbourne Univ. Publishing, May 1, 2008 - Family & Relationships - 320 pages
0 Reviews
A Good Death is a candid and provocative account of the experiences of many terminally ill people Dr Rodney Syme has assisted to end their lives. Over the past thirty years Syme has challenged the law on voluntary euthanasia at first clandestinely and now publicly risking prosecution in doing so. He again risks prosecution for writing this book.
A Good Death is a moving journey with those who came to Syme for help, and a meditation on what it means in our culture to confront death. It is also a doctor's personal story about the moral dilemmas and ethical choices he faces working within the grey areas of the law.
In this important book, Rodney Syme argues for the end of the unofficial 'conspiracy' of silence within the medical profession and the decriminalisation of voluntary euthanasia in Australia. Through Syme's determination to tell the stories of those who he has assisted to die with dignity, A Good Death also draws wider lessons of value for those who find themselves in a similar situation.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

Epiphany
1
Defining the Problem
19
A Na´ve Death
35
Prolonging Life
62
The Nature of Suffering
81
Terminal Sedation
94
Respecting Choice
107
A Difficult Situation
122
Is This the Best We Can Do?
143
Provoking the Coroner
164
Fear of the Future
183
Jim Dies in His Own Bed
199
The Suffering Mind
213
A Death Not in Vain
231
Dying with Dignity
250
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2008)

Rodney Syme has been in medical practice for forty-five years, primarily as a urological surgeon. He was Chair of the Victorian Section of the Urological Society of Australasia in 1990-92, and chair of the Urology Study Group of the Cancer Council of Victoria in 1992-94. He has had extensive experience with cancer patients and with people with severe spinal injuries. He has been an advocate for physician-assisted dying for nearly twenty years, and the President of the Dying With Dignity Victoria for ten years.

Bibliographic information