Final Exit: The Practicalities of Self-Deliverance and Assisted Suicide for the Dying

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Delta Trade Paperback, 2002 - Self-Help - 220 pages
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In the wake of court cases and legislative mandates, this revised and updated third edition goes far beyond the original to provide new information about the legality of euthanasia and assisted suicide, and a thoughtful examination of the personal issues involved. It has become the essential source to help loved ones and supportive doctors remain within existing laws and keep a person's dying intimate, private, and dignified.

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User Review  - LauGal - LibraryThing

This was a gift from a dying friend. It is the self help book to end of life dying and choices. I agree with other comments, grim but required reading.I thought this book had stopped publishing in late 90's. Will have to get an updated copy. Read full review

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User Review  - juniperSun - LibraryThing

Somewhat dated (1991), but good overview of the assisted suicide movement. Begins with why people would justifiably choose to end their life & the political history in the US, moves into how to ... Read full review


Death in the Family Car
Inert Gases
The Checklist
The Risky Drugs
Physician and NonPhysician
Appendix A Glossary of Terms
Current Laws on Voluntary
Books to Read
Euthanasia Research Guidance

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About the author (2002)

Derek Humphry, president of the Euthanasia Research & Guidance Organization (ERGO!) and founder and executive director (1980-1992) of the National Hemlock Society, was a newspaper reporter for 35 years, working for many British journals. During his 14 years with the London Sunday Times, he began to write books on racial problems, law enforcement, and civil liberties. In 1978 he moved to the United States to work for the Los Angeles Times. The international acceptance of the story of his first wife's death, Jean's Way, now considered a classic account of rational assisted suicide, launched his campaign for the right to lawful physician aid in dying. In 1980 in Los Angeles he and friends formed the Hemlock Society, the first such group in North America. From 1988 to 1990, Derek Humphry was president of the World Federation of Right to Die Societies. He lives near Eugene, Oregon.

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