Last Wish

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PublicAffairs, Aug 4, 2008 - Social Science - 272 pages
At a time when tempers flare over the Oregon assisted suicide law and Jack Kevorkian's physician-aid-in-dying, Last Wish, Betty Rollin's groundbreaking New York Times bestseller, is due for a rereading. Last Wish is an intimate, fiercely honest memoir of a daughter's struggle to come to terms with her terminally ill mother's decision to die. More than a examination of the ethical, spiritual, and technical aspects of assisted suicide, Last Wish is also a celebration of Rollin's imperfect family, a passionate testament to her mother's character and courage, and a compelling argument for the right of the terminally ill to a humane and dignified death. The PublicAffairs paperback edition includes a new foreword, questions for thought and discussion, and a helpful resource guide.
 

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Published in 1985, this book reflects the values of the time as it outlilnes the extreme difficulties encountered by one woman in her quest to end a life made unbearable by incurable cancer. Her ... Read full review

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In a time when tempers flare over Oregon's assisted-suicide law, and the debate still rages on both sides of the issue regarding Jack Kevorkian's physician-aided 'death with dignity' practice - Betty ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
11
Section 3
24
Section 4
28
Section 5
38
Section 6
49
Section 7
73
Section 8
83
Section 15
145
Section 16
150
Section 17
159
Section 18
168
Section 19
184
Section 20
188
Section 21
197
Section 22
206

Section 9
87
Section 10
92
Section 11
101
Section 12
107
Section 13
120
Section 14
129
Section 23
225
Section 24
235
Section 25
236
Section 26
241
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Page 251 - In order to receive a prescription for medication to end his or her life in a humane and dignified manner...
Page 252 - This includes being present when a qualified patient takes the prescribed medication to end his or her life in a humane and dignified manner. (2) No professional organization or association, or health care provider, may subject a person to censure, discipline, suspension, loss of license, loss of privileges, loss of membership or other penalty for participating or refusing to participate in good faith compliance with this Act.

About the author (2008)

Betty Rollin has been a television correspondent for NBC News and for ABC News' Nightline and has written articles for many national publications, including the New York Times. She is the author of two other autobiographical books: the bestselling First, You Cry and Am I Getting Paid for This? She lives with her husband, a mathematician, in New York City.

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