Euthanasia, Ethics and Public Policy: An Argument Against Legalisation by John KeownEuthanasia, Ethics and Public Policy: An Argument Against Legalisation by John Keown

Euthanasia, Ethics and Public Policy: An Argument Against Legalisation

byJohn Keown

Paperback | May 13, 2002

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Whether the law should permit voluntary euthanasia or physician-assisted suicide is a notoriously difficult question. How cogent is the "slippery slope" objection? In other words, is it reasonable to object on the grounds that patients would be killed who did not make a free and informed request, or for whom palliative care would have offered an alternative. This book provides the general reader with a clear introduction to this central question, not least by reviewing the Dutch euthanasia experience. It will interest both sides of the debate.
Title:Euthanasia, Ethics and Public Policy: An Argument Against LegalisationFormat:PaperbackPublished:May 13, 2002Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521009332

ISBN - 13:9780521009331

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Table of Contents

Part I. Definitions: 1. 'Voluntary euthanasia'; 2. Intended v. foreseen life-shortening; 3. 'Physician-assisted suicide'; Part II. The Ethical Debate: 4. The value of human life; 5. Respecting the good of autonomy; 6. Legal hypocrisy? 7. The 'slippery slope' argument; Part III. The Dutch Experience: 8. The guidelines; 9. The first survey: the incidence of euthanasia; 10. Breach of the guidelines; 11. The shift toward condonation of NVE; 12. The second survey; 13. The Dutch in denial? Part IV. Australia and the United States: 14. The Northern Territory: ROTTI; 15. Oregon: The Death with Dignity Act; Part V. Expert Opinion: 16. Expert committees; 17. Supreme Courts; 18. Medical Associations; Part VI. Euthanasia by Omission; 19. The Tony Bland case; 20. The BMA guidance; 21. The Winterton Bill; Part VII. Conclusions: 22. Conclusions; Afterword: the Diane Pretty case.

Editorial Reviews

"John Keown of the Cambridge University law faculty has produced an eminently readable and detailed analysis of the pros and cons of the euthanasia debate...he offers his book to help us approach the question with open and better-informed minds...For its wisdom, humor, thoughtful analysis, and utter precision of language, Euthanasia, Ethics, and Public Policy: An Argument Against Legislation is a worthy addition to one's library. It emphasizes a critical concern for all: when we fail to look out and care for the least of our citizens, the suffering and the dying, we begin to lose some of our humanity as a nation." The Journal of Legal Medicine