Merciful Release: The History of the British Euthanasia Movement

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Manchester University Press, 2002 - History - 242 pages
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"Merciful Release" provides the first comprehensive study of the British euthanasia movement from its inception in the philosophic debates of the late 19th Century, to the storm-center of contemporary medical, legal, and ethical debate concerning physician-assisted suicide. Drawing upon a wealth of hitherto unexplored archival material and periodical literature, the book traces the delicate interplay of medicine, politics, philosophical debate, public opinion, and the fluctuating fortunes of the euthanasia movement.
 

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Contents

launched
11
Euthanasia and the medical profession
34
discussion of mercykilling 191030
60
The attempt to legalise voluntary euthanasia 193136
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the British euthanasia
117
a difficult decade
147
quality versus quantity
174
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Nick Kemp teaches History at Collingwood College, Camberley, Surrey.

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