Euthanasia Examined: Ethical, Clinical and Legal Perspectives

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Cambridge University Press, Jun 19, 1997 - Medical - 340 pages
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Whether euthanasia or assisted suicide should be legalized is one of the most pressing and profound questions facing legislators, health care professionals, their patients, and all members of society. Regrettably, the debate is too often characterized by rhetoric rather than reason. This book aims to inform the debate by acquainting anyone interested in this vital question with some of the major ethical, legal, clinical and theological issues involved. The essays it contains are authoritative in that they have been commissioned from some of the world's leading experts, balanced in that they reflect divergent viewpoints (including a vigorous debate between two eminent philosophers), and readable in that they should be readily understood by the general reader.
 

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Contents

Euthanasia and the value of life
6
A philosophical case against euthanasia
23
The philosophical case against the philosophical case against euthanasia
36
The fragile case for euthanasia a reply to John Harris
46
Final thoughts on final acts
56
Misunderstanding the case against euthanasia response to Harriss first reply
62
Euthanasia back to the future
72
The case for legalising voluntary euthanasia
83
Where there is hope there is life a view from the hospice
141
Letting vegetative patients die
169
A case for sometimes tubefeeding patients in persistent vegetative state
189
Dilemmas at lifes end a comparative legal perspective
200
Physicianassisted suicide the last bridge to active voluntary euthanasia
225
Euthanasia in the Netherlands sliding down the slippery slope?
261
Advance directives a legal and ethical analysis
297
Theological aspects of euthanasia
315

Extracts from the Report of the House of Lords Select Committee on Medical Ethics
96
Walton Davies Boyd and the legalization of euthanasia
113

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