International Library of Ethics, Law, and the New Medicine

Giving Death a Helping Hand

Physician-Assisted Suicide and Public Policy. An International Perspective

Editors: Birnbacher, Dieter, Dahl, Edgar (Eds.)

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  • Provides an up-to-date overview of legislation on physician-assisted suicide around the world
  • Evaluates the views taken by professional codes toward physician-assisted suicide
  • Presents first-hand reports from leading figures involved in end-of-life issues
  • Discusses the ethical principles underlying legal and professional regulation
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If it comes to choosing between methods of last resort for severely suffering, physician-assisted suicide will probably prove more acceptable as a method of last resort than active euthanasia both to patients, to legislators and to the general public. From the perspective of patients, physician-assisted suicide is a more unambiguous expression of the patient's autonomous will. From the legislator's perspective it seems less liable to misuse and abuse. And often the availability of assisted suicide, instead of shortening the life of a patient, has proved to prolong it. Public policy has begun to respond to this prospect. Notably in Switzerland and Germany, the attitudes of public bodies towards physician-assisted suicide are in a process of change, partly motivated by the wish to take the edge off the pressure for legalisation of active euthanasia.

The present volume focuses on public policy issues related to physician-assisted suicide. It offers a detailed analysis of the current legal standing and practice of physician-assisted suicide in various countries and discusses the ethical principles underlying its legal and professional regulation. In addition, it contains a number of personal narratives by professionals who have for many years been involved in end-of-life issues.

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"This book examines the many facets of physician-assisted suicide from an international perspective with contributions from a variety of authors … . The audience includes a broad array of readers, spanning academics, practitioners, and even lay people. … This is a superb and insightful book, with wide appeal. It is highly useful for those with an interest in the physician-assisted suicide debate. … this is a valuable contribution to anyone’s library, especially those concerned with the legal fight for physician- assisted suicide." (Jason Lesandrini, Doody’s Review Service, May, 2008)


Table of contents (13 chapters)

Table of contents (13 chapters)
  • Should Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legalized?

    Pages 3-9

    Dworkin, Gerald

  • Slippery Slopes and Physician-Assisted Suicide

    Pages 11-21

    Levy, Neil

  • Physician-Assisted Suicide and the Medical Associations

    Pages 23-36

    Birnbacher, Dieter

  • Safe, Legal, Rare? Physician-Assisted Suicide and Cultural Change in the Future

    Pages 37-47

    Battin, Margaret Pabst

  • Palliative Options of Last Resort: A Comparison of Voluntarily Stopping Eating and Drinking, Terminal Sedation, Physician-Assisted Suicide, and Voluntary Active Euthanasia

    Pages 49-64

    Quill, Timothy E. (et al.)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Giving Death a Helping Hand
Book Subtitle
Physician-Assisted Suicide and Public Policy. An International Perspective
Editors
  • Dieter Birnbacher
  • Edgar Dahl
Series Title
International Library of Ethics, Law, and the New Medicine
Series Volume
38
Copyright
2008
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-6496-8
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-6496-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-6495-1
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-8688-2
Series ISSN
1567-8008
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 157
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