Euthanasia and Physician-assisted Suicide: Killing Or Caring?

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Paulist Press, 1998 - Psychology - 120 pages
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In this brief but informative work, author Michael Manning describes the historical background and conceptual framework within which the current debate over euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide is taking place. While the Roman Catholic position is explored in some detail, the book also addresses the arguments stemming from both philosophical and medical considerations. Using concise, nontechnical language, the author explains the arguments for and against euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide in a clear and evenhanded manner. This book provides an excellent overview for readers who are new to the controversy as well as those readers who wish to deepen their understanding of a complex area of debate.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
History of Euthanasia
6
SelfDetermination
26
Compassion and Mercy toward the Dying
40
Killing vs Allowing to Die
45
The Principle of the Common Good
56
The Slippery Slope Argument
60
Medical Professionalism
79
Conclusions and Commentary
85
Notes
89
Bibliography
108
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Page iv - ... true that death marks the end of our earthly existence, but at the same time it opens the door to immortal life. Therefore all must prepare themselves for this event in the light of human values, and Christians even more so in the light of faith. As for those who work in the medical profession, they ought to neglect no means of making all their skill available to the sick and the dying; but they should also remember how much more necessary it is to provide them with the comfort of boundless kindness...

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A performance artist in the SF bondage/fetish scene, Manning gains respect for his imagination and storytelling with each book!

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