Physician Assisted Suicide: Expanding the Debate

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Psychology Press, 1998 - Medical - 463 pages
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Physician Assisted Suicide is a cross-disciplinary collection of essays from philosophers, physicians, theologians, social scientists, lawyers and economists. As the first book to consider the implications of the Supreme Court decisions in Washington v. Glucksburg and Vacco v. Quill concerning physician-assisted suicide from a variety of perspectives, this collection advances informed, reflective, vigorous public debate.
 

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Contents

Conceptual lssues
9
PhysicianAssisted Suicide Euthanasia
28
PhysicianAssisted Suicide
63
Considering Those at Risk
73
Lessons for PhysicianAssisted Suicide
91
Why Suicide 1s Like Contraception
113
Disability and LifeEnding Decisions
123
Protecting the 1nnocents
133
The Weakness of the Case for Legalizing
267
PhysicianAssisted Suicide
279
The Supreme Court and Terminal Sedation
301
Would PhysicianAssisted Suicide
312
Considering Religious Perspectives
323
Christian Perspectives on Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia
334
A Protestant Perspective on Ending Life
347
23 fewish Deliberations on Suicide
362

Assisted Suicide Terminal 1llness Severe Disability
149
Considering the Practice of Medicine
163
Physician Stay Thy Hand
177
Not in the House
203
Considering the Impact of Legalization
223
From 1ntention to Consent
252
Appendices
373
B Vacco et aL v Quill et aL
423
The Philosophers Brief
431
The Oregon Death With Dignity Act
443
Contributors
449
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About the author (1998)

Margaret P. Battin is Professor of Philosophy and Adjunct Professor of Internal Medicine, Division of Medical Ethics at the University of Utah. She is the author of numerous books, including, The Least Worst Death (1994). Rosamond Rhodes is Director of Bioethics Education and Associate Professor of Medical Education at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, CUNY. Anita Silvers is Professor of Philosophy at San Francisco State University.

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