Euthanasia: A Reference Handbook

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ABC-CLIO, 2008 - Law - 283 pages
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Except for the Oregon Death with Dignity Act, there are no U.S. laws that allow physicians to assist patients in hastening death. Many who support physician-assisted suicide ask, "Why not?" After all, the Netherlands permits both euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide, and polls suggest that many Americans want that choice available to them.

"Euthanasia: A Reference Handbook, Second Edition" explores that question through a balanced, thoughtful discussion of the legal, medical, and spiritual components of end-of-life questions. What are the potential pitfalls of legalizing assisted suicide? How can the expenses of a lingering death impact an uninsured family? How would physician-assisted suicide impact healthcare costs? Through its objective exploration of these issues, as well as its historical and international perspective, this volume helps readers answer the difficult questions related to the end of life.


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Euthanasia: A Reference Handbook is a well written book
by Jennifer Fecio McDougall and Martha Gorman.
The authors offer to the reader a myriad of issues to explore, whilst seeking an informed and
a compassion circled truth search. The book clearly demonstrates a pressing issue with many complexities and possible implications of a legalized euthanasia and assisted suicide, versus the current illegal status which is prevalent in many states and countries. This book certainly stirs up mixed emotions in the reader, when weighing up all the pros and cons for or against the legalization of euthanasia and assisted suicide. If anything, one is still confused with own views.
A thought provoking volume, influencing the reader to examine own values and soul searching many aspects of one's psyche. The debate is ongoing and of great value. Reading this book will touch many of us, as we face our own mortality. The authors have succeed in pointing out the great importance of the discussions. Very interesting read...
Review written by Maryla Wilson


1 Background and History
2 Problems Controversies and Solutions
3 Worldwide Perspective
4 Chronology
5 Biographical Sketches
6 Data and Documents
7 Directory of Organizations
8 Resources
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Jennifer Fecio McDougall is a professional writer based in Buffalo, NY.

Martha Gorman is a professional writer based in Buffalo, NY. Her published works include the first edition of ABC-CLIO's Euthanasia: A Reference Handbook.

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