A Time to Die: The Place for Physician Assistance
This book is written for all those who are concerned about how their life may end--and who wish to die without unnecessary suffering. Dr. Charles F. McKhann discusses many aspects of physician-assisted dying and explains why he thinks it should be made legally available under certain circumstances.
Dr. McKhann, a specialist in cancer surgery, has conducted in-depth interviews with people who were dying from a variety of illnesses and with the physicians who cared for them. Drawing on these interviews and on his own experiences as a physician, he looks at the dying process as it is encountered in painful and debilitating diseases and at the needs of patients and their families. Dr. McKhann presents the case for rational suicide, comparing a failed suicide attempt in the United States with a planned death in the Netherlands and illustrating the differences in approach and attitudes. He explains the ways in which physician assistance is already taking place and considers the physician`s personal and professional concerns. And he reflects on relevant religious, moral, legal, and public-policy issues that are currently so widely debated. His thought-provoking book is a valuable resource not only for the general public but also for compassionate physicians who attend people with fatal diseases and for lawmakers who strive for understanding and courage in dealing with this new challenge.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
The Needs of the Patient
Rational Suicide The Core of the Controversy
The Search for Help Physician Assistance
Dying Alone or Dying with Help Our Frightened Society
abortion abuse accepted active Alzheimer's Alzheimer's disease asked assistance in dying assisted death assisted dying assisted suicide avoid cancer choice Church cians clinical depression comfort Compassion in Dying competent concept concerns decision dementia depression discussion disease doctor double effect drugs Dutch earlier death end-of-life Ethics eventually family members fatal fear feel groups Holland hospital Huntington's disease individual issue killing laws liberty interest live medical profession medicine moral Nazi Germany needs nursing home oncologist options pain percent persistent vegetative person physi physician physician-assisted dying Physician-Assisted Suicide possible practice pressure problem prolonged protection question rational suicide reason refuse religious request respirator responsibility Right to Die risk role serious shorten sisted dying slippery slope social society soft law suffering terminally ill thanasia thought tient tion treatment U.S. Supreme Court usually voluntary euthanasia wishes York