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Title:
Euthanasia : opposing viewpoints
Author:
Torr, James D., 1974-
Publication Information:
San Diego : Greenhaven Press, [2000]

©2000
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208 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Language:
English
Contents:
Is euthanasia ethical? -- Should voluntary euthanasia be legalized? -- Would legalizing euthanasia lead to involuntary killing? -- Should physicians assist in suicide?
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ISBN:
9780737701265

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Booklist Review

Gr. 9^-12. "Death is not the worst evil, but rather when we wish to die and cannot." This quotation from Sophocles both introduces the topic and sets a thought-provoking tone for this Opposing Viewpoints title. Typical of the series, the volume brings together essays by authorities in diverse vocations, all of whom argue their various cases intelligently and thoroughly. The four chapters explore whether euthanasia is ethical, if it should be legalized, if legalization would lead to involuntary killing, and under what circumstances, if any, doctors should assist in suicide. One cannot read these essays without noticing the authors' dramatically differing interpretations as to what constitutes euthanasia. Ethical, political, and religious positions all draw the line in different places, in effect challenging readers to determine for themselves what they believe and how their beliefs may one day affect their loved ones and possibly even themselves. --Roger Leslie


Booklist Review

Gr. 9^-12. "Death is not the worst evil, but rather when we wish to die and cannot." This quotation from Sophocles both introduces the topic and sets a thought-provoking tone for this Opposing Viewpoints title. Typical of the series, the volume brings together essays by authorities in diverse vocations, all of whom argue their various cases intelligently and thoroughly. The four chapters explore whether euthanasia is ethical, if it should be legalized, if legalization would lead to involuntary killing, and under what circumstances, if any, doctors should assist in suicide. One cannot read these essays without noticing the authors' dramatically differing interpretations as to what constitutes euthanasia. Ethical, political, and religious positions all draw the line in different places, in effect challenging readers to determine for themselves what they believe and how their beliefs may one day affect their loved ones and possibly even themselves. --Roger Leslie


Table of Contents

Derek HumphryDaniel P. SulmasyJohn Shelby SpongMarcia AngellFaye J. GirshYale KamisarEllen GoodmanTerry GolwayJoe LoconteTimothy E. QuillJames ThorntonGerald A. LarueDiane ColemanHemlock SocietyHerbert HendinDavid Orentlicher and Robert YoungKenneth CauthenLonnie R. BristowDerek Humphry and Mary ClementLeon R. Kass and Nelson LundDerek HumphryDaniel P. SulmasyJohn Shelby SpongMarcia AngellFaye J. GirshYale KamisarEllen GoodmanTerry GolwayJoe LoconteTimothy E. QuillJames ThorntonGerald A. LarueDiane ColemanHemlock SocietyHerbert HendinDavid Orentlicher and Robert YoungKenneth CauthenLonnie R. BristowDerek Humphry and Mary ClementLeon R. Kass and Nelson Lund
Why Consider Opposing Viewpoints?p. 9
Introductionp. 12
Chapter 1 Is Euthanasia Ethical?
Chapter Prefacep. 16
1. Voluntary Euthanasia Is Ethicalp. 17
2. Voluntary Euthanasia Is Unethicalp. 24
3. Euthanasia Violates Christian Beliefsp. 33
4. Euthanasia Does Not Violate Christian Beliefsp. 40
5. Voluntary Euthanasia Shows Compassion for the Dyingp. 46
6. Arguments for Euthanasia Are Unconvincingp. 55
Periodical Bibliographyp. 66
Chapter 2 Should Voluntary Euthanasia Be Legalized?
Chapter Prefacep. 68
1. Voluntary Euthanasia Should Be Legalizedp. 69
2. Voluntary Euthanasia Should Not Be Legalizedp. 78
3. Legalized Euthanasia in the Netherlands Has Not Harmed Dutch Societyp. 88
4. Legalized Euthanasia in the Netherlands Has Harmed Dutch Societyp. 92
5. Hospice Care Can Make Assisted Suicide Unnecessaryp. 96
6. Dying Patients Should Have Access to Both Hospice Care and Assisted Suicidep. 105
Periodical Bibliographyp. 113
Chapter 3 Would Legalizing Euthanasia Lead to Involuntary Killing?
Chapter Prefacep. 115
1. Legalizing Euthanasia Would Lead to Involuntary Killingp. 116
2. Legalizing Euthanasia Would Not Lead to Involuntary Killingp. 124
3. Legalizing Voluntary Euthanasia Would Threaten the Disabledp. 133
4. Legalizing Voluntary Euthanasia Would Not Threaten the Disabledp. 139
5. Safeguards Cannot Prevent Abuse of Legalized Euthanasiap. 143
6. Safeguards Can Prevent Abuse of Legalized Euthanasiap. 150
Periodical Bibliographyp. 158
Chapter 4 Should Physicians Assist in Suicide?
Chapter Prefacep. 160
1. Assisted Suicide Is an Ethically Acceptable Practice for Physiciansp. 161
2. Assisted Suicide Is Not an Ethically Acceptable Practice for Physiciansp. 166
3. Physicians Should Be Legally Permitted to Assist in Suicidep. 172
4. Physicians Should Not Be Legally Permitted to Assist in Suicidep. 181
Periodical Bibliographyp. 191
For Further Discussionp. 192
Organizations to Contactp. 195
Bibliography of Booksp. 199
Indexp. 202
Why Consider Opposing Viewpoints?p. 9
Introductionp. 12
Chapter 1 Is Euthanasia Ethical?
Chapter Prefacep. 16
1. Voluntary Euthanasia Is Ethicalp. 17
2. Voluntary Euthanasia Is Unethicalp. 24
3. Euthanasia Violates Christian Beliefsp. 33
4. Euthanasia Does Not Violate Christian Beliefsp. 40
5. Voluntary Euthanasia Shows Compassion for the Dyingp. 46
6. Arguments for Euthanasia Are Unconvincingp. 55
Periodical Bibliographyp. 66
Chapter 2 Should Voluntary Euthanasia Be Legalized?
Chapter Prefacep. 68
1. Voluntary Euthanasia Should Be Legalizedp. 69
2. Voluntary Euthanasia Should Not Be Legalizedp. 78
3. Legalized Euthanasia in the Netherlands Has Not Harmed Dutch Societyp. 88
4. Legalized Euthanasia in the Netherlands Has Harmed Dutch Societyp. 92
5. Hospice Care Can Make Assisted Suicide Unnecessaryp. 96
6. Dying Patients Should Have Access to Both Hospice Care and Assisted Suicidep. 105
Periodical Bibliographyp. 113
Chapter 3 Would Legalizing Euthanasia Lead to Involuntary Killing?
Chapter Prefacep. 115
1. Legalizing Euthanasia Would Lead to Involuntary Killingp. 116
2. Legalizing Euthanasia Would Not Lead to Involuntary Killingp. 124
3. Legalizing Voluntary Euthanasia Would Threaten the Disabledp. 133
4. Legalizing Voluntary Euthanasia Would Not Threaten the Disabledp. 139
5. Safeguards Cannot Prevent Abuse of Legalized Euthanasiap. 143
6. Safeguards Can Prevent Abuse of Legalized Euthanasiap. 150
Periodical Bibliographyp. 158
Chapter 4 Should Physicians Assist in Suicide?
Chapter Prefacep. 160
1. Assisted Suicide Is an Ethically Acceptable Practice for Physiciansp. 161
2. Assisted Suicide Is Not an Ethically Acceptable Practice for Physiciansp. 166
3. Physicians Should Be Legally Permitted to Assist in Suicidep. 172
4. Physicians Should Not Be Legally Permitted to Assist in Suicidep. 181
Periodical Bibliographyp. 191
For Further Discussionp. 192
Organizations to Contactp. 195
Bibliography of Booksp. 199
Indexp. 202