Easeful Death: Is there a case for assisted dying?

Paperback | March 15, 2009

byMary Warnock, Elisabeth Macdonald

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iEaseful Death/i sets out in straightforward terms the main arguments both for and against the legalization of assisted suicide and euthanasia. The legal choices confronting those caring for the terminally ill, and indeed those patients themselves who may be facing intolerable sufferingtowards the end of their lives, have been the cause of fierce public debate in recent years. The book takes as its starting point attempts in Britain and other countries to bring compassion into the rules governing the end of a patient's life. Drawing on experience in the Netherlands, Belgium, and the US state of Oregon, where either assisted dying or euthanasia have been legalized, theauthors explore the philosophical and ethical views on both sides of the debate, and examine how different legislative proposals would affect different members of society, from the very young to the very old. They describe the practical, medical processes of palliative care, self-denial of food andwater, and assisted dying and euthanasia, and ultimately conclude that the public is ready to embrace a more compassionate approach to assisted dying. This sensitive and authoritative short volume is informed throughout by a strong sense that, whatever the results of the legislative argument, compassion for one another must be both the guide and the restraint upon the way we treat people who are dying or who want to die.

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iEaseful Death/i sets out in straightforward terms the main arguments both for and against the legalization of assisted suicide and euthanasia. The legal choices confronting those caring for the terminally ill, and indeed those patients themselves who may be facing intolerable sufferingtowards the end of their lives, have been the caus...

Baroness Mary Warnock is a philosopher renowned for her writing on moral issues. Previously a Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy at St Hugh's College, Oxford, and Mistress of Girton College, Cambridge, she is now an Independent Life Peer in the House of Lords, and a writer and broadcaster. She was Chairman of the UK Committee of Inquir...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.03 inPublished:March 15, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199561842

ISBN - 13:9780199561841

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Table of Contents

1. Fundamental principles2. Types of euthanasia3. Psychiatric assisted suicide4. Neonates5. Incompetent adults6. Human life is sacred7. The slippery slope8. Medical views9. Four methods of easing death and the effect these have on the doctors performing them10. Looking further aheadNotes and references

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`Sensitive and succinct book...This book not only has the power to stimulate informed discussion, but also to shape social policy and inform good professional practice. ...'Easeful Death' deserves a wide readership and it should be compulsory reading for politicians and policymakers.'Times Higher Education. Julia Stone.