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Title Giving death a helping hand : physician-assisted suicide and public policy. An international perspective / edited by Dieter Birnbacher and Edgar Dahl.
Imprint [Dordrecht] : Springer, ©2008.

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Description 1 online resource (xii, 157 pages)
Series International library of ethics, law, and the new medicine ; v. 38
International library of ethics, law, and the new medicine ; v. 38.
Bibliog. Includes bibliographical references.
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English.
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Subject Assisted suicide.
Assisted suicide -- Law and legislation.
Suicide, Assisted [MESH]
Euthanasia, Active -- ethics [mesh]
Euthanasia, Active -- legislation & jurisprudence [mesh]
Public Policy [MESH]
Right to Die [MESH]
Suicide, Assisted -- legislation & jurisprudence [mesh]
Contents Should physician-assisted suicide be legalized? / Gerald Dworkin -- Slippery slopes and physician-assisted suicide / Neil Levy -- Physician-assisted suicide and the medical associations / Dieter Birnbacher -- Safe, legal, rare? Physician-assisted suicide and cultural change in the future / Margaret Pabst Battin -- Palliative options of last resort: a comparison of voluntarily stopping eating and drinking, terminal sedation, physician-assisted suicide, and voluntary active euthanasia / Timothy E. Quill, Bernard Lo, Dan W. Brock -- Physician-assisted suicide in Oregon / Linda Ganzini, Edgar Dahl -- Physician-assisted suicide in the Netherlands and Belgium / John Griffiths -- Physician-assisted suicide and the German criminal law / Gabriele Wolfslast -- Physician-assisted death: an Australian perspective / Alan Rothschild -- Assisted dying: the view from the United Kingdom / Sheila A.M. McLean -- Physician-assisted suicide: a doctor's perspective / Pieter Admiraal -- Physician-assisted suicide in Switzerland: a personal report / Elke M. Baezner-Sailer -- The European convention on human rights protects the right of suicide / Ludwig A. Minelli.
Summary 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 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 respon.
Other Author Birnbacher, Dieter.
Dahl, Edgar, 1962-
Other Title Print version: Giving death a helping hand. [Dordrecht] : Springer, ©2008 9781402064951 1402064950