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Euthanasia, Ethics and Public Policy

Euthanasia, Ethics and Public Policy
An Argument Against Legalisation

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  • Date Published: July 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521009331

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  • Whether the law should permit voluntary euthanasia or physician-assisted suicide is one of the most vital questions facing all modern societies. Internationally, the main obstacle to legalisation has proved to be the objection that, even if they were morally acceptable in certain 'hard cases', voluntary euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide could not be effectively controlled; society would slide down a 'slippery slope' to the killing of patients who did not make a free and informed request, or for whom palliative care would have offered an alternative. How cogent is this objection? This book provides the general reader (who need have no expertise in philosophy, law or medicine) with a lucid introduction to this central question in the debate, not least by reviewing the Dutch euthanasia experience. It will interest all in any country whether currently for or against legalisation, who wish to ensure that their opinions are better informed.

    • Surveys the literature on the topic
    • Written in a clear, intelligible manner
    • Considers specific case studies and relevant guidelines
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    • Date Published: July 2002
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521009331
    • length: 340 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.5kg
    • availability: Available
  • 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.

  • Author

    John Keown, University of Cambridge

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