A Time to Die: The Place for Physician Assistance

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Yale University Press, Jul 1, 2000 - Medical - 288 pages
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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 describes the forms of physician assistance already taking place and acknowledges 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.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Needs of the Patient
14
Rational Suicide The Core of the Controversy
44
The Search for Help Physician Assistance
74
Dying Alone or Dying with Help Our Frightened Society
107
Physicians Concerns
131
Public Concerns Abuse and the Slippery Slope
160
The Legal Basis for Assisted Dying
197
From Patients to Physicians and Policy
224
Notes
241
Index
261
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McKhann is professor of surgery at the Yale University School of Medicine.

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