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Euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide : killing or caring?
Manning, Michael, M.D.
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New York : Paulist Press, [1998]

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ix, 120 pages ; 21 cm
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R726 .M315 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Traces the historical development of euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide and then explores the arguments on both sides of the issue, ending with a chapter detailing the author's own opinion against. Manning trained as an M.D. before entering the seminary.

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Manning offers a thorough review of euthanasia beginning with definitions, the position of the Roman Catholic Church, and a historical review of practices and current issues related to euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide. As a physician who became a priest, Manning is well qualified to address the religious professional, social, and ethical aspects of euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide. Using an ethical theoretical framework, he discusses potential outcomes of decisions to legitimize euthanasia. He describes current practices in the Netherlands, where euthanasia is legal. His conclusions suggest that given the current health care climate in the US, where reduction in health care costs is emphasized and nonprofessionals often make decisions regarding health care, legalization of euthanasia could have disastrous social effects such as failing to provide resources to maintain health and quality of life for elders. Working from the premise that killing is wrong, he addresses conflicts resulting from any situation that allows the physician to actively participate in patient suicide. References, many of them to contemporary ethicists, are current and appropriate. All readers will find it a valuable reference. General readers; undergraduates through professionals. V. B. Byers emeritus, SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse