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Medically Assisted Death

Medically Assisted Death

  • Date Published: October 2007
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521706162

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  • Does a competent person suffering from a terminal illness or enduring an otherwise burdensome existence, who considers his life no longer of value but is incapable of ending it, have a right to be helped to die? Should someone for whom further medical treatment would be futile be allowed to die regardless of expressing a preference to be given all possible treatment? These are some of the questions that are asked and answered in this wide-ranging discussion of both the morality of medically assisted death and the justifiability of making certain instances legal. A case is offered in support of the moral and legal permissibility of specified instances of medically assisted death, along with responses to the main objections that have been levelled against it. The philosophical argument is bolstered by empirical evidence from The Netherlands and Oregon where voluntary euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide are already legal.

    • Offers the most wide-ranging coverage available of the moral and legal issues surrounding medically assisted death
    • Uses medical and legal cases to develop the philosophical argument
    • Written in a direct and easy-to-read style
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    • Date Published: October 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521706162
    • length: 260 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 153 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.43kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. A case for the legalisation of voluntary medically assisted death
    3. Medical futility
    4. Physician-assisted suicide
    5. The sanctity of human life
    6. Killing versus letting die, the doctrine of double effect, and palliative care for the dying
    7. Professional integrity and voluntary medically assisted death
    8. Competence and end-of-life decision making
    9. Advance directives
    10. Voluntary medically assisted death and slippery slope arguments
    11. Non-voluntary euthanasia
    12. Concluding remarks.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • End of Life Ethics
  • Author

    Robert Young, La Trobe University, Victoria
    Robert Young is Reader in Philosophy at La Trobe University.

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