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Title:
Euthanasia and the right to die : a comparative view
Author:
Scherer, Jennifer M., 1964-
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Publication Information:
Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
viii, 151 pages ; 24 cm
Language:
English
Contents:
Death and dying in a historical perspective -- Fundamental issues -- Euthanasia in the United States and Canada -- Euthanasia in the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, and France -- Euthanasia in Australia, China, Japan, and India -- Euthanasia in Colombia, South Africa, Iran, and Israel -- Toward a workable social policy.
ISBN:
9780847691661

9780847691678
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Summary

Sensitive and high-profile public policy issues often benefit from being considered in comparative perspective. Here, euthanasia and the right to die are examined in the context of the social, legal, and religious settings of a wide range of countries. The authors employ public opinion data, where available, to illustrate the great disparity between approval of physician-assisted suicide and the general illegality of the practice. Ultimately, making and implementing laws to ensure a responsible right to die_as the U.S. has been struggling with in Oregon, Michigan, and elsewhere_will be informed by experiences in such places as the Netherlands, Australia, and the only country in the world where euthanasia is a clear-cut medical option: Colombia.


Author Notes

Rita J. Simon is university professor in the School of Public Affairs at the Washington College of Law at American University.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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Choice Review

Scherer and Simon's timely publication is an excellent study of the attitudes, laws, and practices of euthanasia, physician-assisted suicide, and right-to-die legislation in the US and 19 other countries. Significantly, neither Scherer, a management consultant, nor Simon, a professor of public affairs, is a health professional or ethicist. Summarization and presentation of their findings of research on these topics are readable and informative. References supporting each chapter are presented at the back of the book, followed by a list of current and appropriate suggested readings. This work complements that of clergy, physicians, and ethicists on these serious and current issues. A brief history is followed by a discussion of the status of each issue in the US and a chart showing the status in each of the 50 states. A similar chart follows the discussion of current attitudes and practices in the other 19 countries. Some considerations for development of a workable policy are presented. A significant contribution to health professions literature and a useful resource for students of ethics, the health professions, and practicing professionals. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals. V. B. Byers; emeritus, SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse


Table of Contents

List of Tablesp. v
Prefacep. vii
1 Death and Dying in a Historical Perspectivep. 1
2 The Fundamental Issuesp. 13
3 Euthanasia in the United States and Canadap. 27
4 Euthanasia in the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, and Francep. 53
5 Euthanasia in Australia, China, Japan, and Indiap. 75
6 Euthanasia in Colombia, South Africa, Iran, and Israelp. 93
7 Toward a Workable Social Policyp. 101
Notesp. 123
Suggested Readingp. 139
Indexp. 145
About the Authorsp. 151