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Euthanasia Examined
Ethical, Clinical and Legal Perspectives

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  • Editor: John Keown, Georgetown University, Washington DC
Daniel Callahan, John Keown, John Harris, John Finnis, Kenneth Boyd, Jean Davies, Luke Gormally, Robert Twycross, Brian Jennett, Joseph Boyle, Dieter Giesen, Yale Kamisar, John Keown, Stuart Hornett, Anthony Fisher
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  • Date Published: March 2011
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  • isbn: 9780511884115

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  • Whether euthanasia or assisted suicide should be legalised is one of the most pressing and profound questions facing legislators, health-care professionals, their patients and indeed all members of society. Regrettably, the debate is too often characterised by rhetoric rather than reason. This book aims to inform the debate by acquainting anyone interested in this vital question with some of the major ethical, legal and clinical and theological issues involved. The essays it contains are authoritative, balanced and readable: authoritative in that they have been commissioned from some of the world's leading experts; balanced in that they reflect divergent viewpoints (including a vigorous debate between two eminent philosophers); and readable in that they should be readily intelligible to the general reader. This accessible, fair and learned collection should enlighten all who wish to be better informed about the debate surrounding this momentous issue.

    • Scholarly and authoritative, involving some of the world's leading experts
    • Balanced account includes representatives from both sides of the debate
    • Fully up-to-date, including the recent House of Lords select committee report
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'Of all the ethical issues in medicine, euthanasia … is the most important … Euthanasia Examined is by far the best guide … that I have ever come across.' The Times Literary Supplement

    '… an exceptionally lucid book.' Melanie Philips, The Observer

    '… a thought-provoking book, which does not seek to persuade but to inform the reader.' Clinical Oncology

    'John Keown has done a remarkable job by collecting and editing the eighteen contributions … The book is not only wanted. It is a must for all who deal with patients approaching the river Styx.' Journal of the Royal College of Physicians

    'Keown has organised, edited, and contributed to this excellent collection of philosophical as well as practical papers.' Ronald L. Stephens, Annals of Internal Medicine

    'This book draws together experts from a range of disciplines, from philosophers and theologians to lawyers and clinicians. The views expressed illustrate the wide divergences that make this one of the more contentious issues in medical ethics today … an important source of information for those wishing to be better informed about the debate.' Bulletin of Medical Ethics

    'This book is a most significant and extremely well documented text about diverse aspects of euthanasia … It stands out as a remarkable contribution to the understanding and debate of euthanasia. It is strongly commended.' Journal of Christian Medical Fellowship

    'The debate on euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide is spreading. It promises to go on, to become more heated, and to grow more complex. This book lays the issues out in a clear, incisive, and lively way. It is an exceedingly valuable resource.' Daniel Callaghan

    '… provides a broad outline of many of the arguments, political, legal and moral, both for and against euthanasia. It is in this a thoroughly modern product.' Tamsin Geach, Priests and People

    'As Daniel Callahan, President of the Hastings Centre, writes in his Foreword, 'If ever there was a case for looking before we leap, then this is it. We have a chance to do so and this book is a good place to begin.' This reviewer would not disagree.' John Beloff, Journal of Voluntary Euthanasia

    '… an invaluable contribution to the debate.' Kristina Stern, Journal of Medical Ethics

    '… an invaluable reference source … given the momentum and world-wide prominence of the euthanasia debate, this book should be an essential part of any nursing or medical library.' Simon Smith, Professional Nurse

    '… this book represents contemporary views from experts in the field on the issue of euthanasia. This subject will affect all of us who look after patients, whether we like it or not. We would do well to become informed through this well-written publication.' Patrick Magee, CMQ Quarterly

    '… endeavours to do more than offer a single solution to the difficult questions raised by this issue. It invites comments from several experts in this field.' Damian König, International Digest of Health Legislation

    '… highly recommended to newcomers as a clear guide to practice and knowledge.' Journal of The Royal Society of Medicine

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2011
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511884115
    • contains: 4 b/w illus. 8 tables
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Foreword Daniel Callahan
    Introduction John Keown
    1. Euthanasia and the value of life John Harris
    2. A philosophical case against euthanasia John Finnis
    3. The philosophical case against euthanasia John Harris
    4. The fragile case for euthanasia: a reply to John Harris John Finnis
    5. Final thoughts on final acts John Harris
    6. Misunderstanding the case against euthanasia: response to Harris's first reply John Finnis
    7. Euthanasia: back to the future Kenneth Boyd
    8. The case for legalising voluntary euthanasia Jean Davies
    9. Extracts from the Report of the House of Lords Select Committee on Medical Ethics
    10. Walton, Davies, Boyd and the legalization of euthanasia Luke Gormally
    11. Where there is hope, there is life: a view from the hospice Robert Twycross
    12. Letting vegetative patients die Brian Jennett
    13. A case for sometimes tube-feeding patients in persistent vegetative state Joseph Boyle
    14. Dilemmas at life's end: a comparative legal perspective Dieter Giesen
    15. Physician-assisted suicide: the last bridge to active voluntary euthanasia Yale Kamisar
    16. Euthanasia in the Netherlands: sliding down the slippery slope? John Keown
    17. Advance directives: a legal and ethical analysis Stuart Hornett
    18. Theological aspects of euthanasia Anthony Fisher

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    John Keown, Georgetown University, Washington DC


    Daniel Callahan


    Daniel Callahan, John Keown, John Harris, John Finnis, Kenneth Boyd, Jean Davies, Luke Gormally, Robert Twycross, Brian Jennett, Joseph Boyle, Dieter Giesen, Yale Kamisar, John Keown, Stuart Hornett, Anthony Fisher

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