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Dying right : the death with dignity movement
Hillyard, Daniel, 1962-
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New York : Routledge, [2001]

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xv, 304 pages ; 24 cm
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KF3827.E87 H55 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Dying Right provides an overview of the Death With Dignity movement, a history of how and why Oregon legalized physician-assisted suicide, and an analysis of the future of physician-assisted suicide. Engaging the question of how to balance a patient's sense about the right way to die, a physician's role as a healer, and the state's interest in preventing killing, Dying Right captures the ethical, legal, moral, and medical complexities involved in this ongoing debate.

Author Notes

John Dombrink is a Professor in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society at the University of California Irvine.
Daniel Hillyard is a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Department of Criminology Law and Society at the University of California Irvine.

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This detailed case study of ten years in the so-called "death with dignity" movement in Oregon is an extensive compendium of concrete information joined by several conceptual linkages as well as a brief comparative assessment of state and national policies. Based primarily on legal briefs, memoranda, and interviews, the investigation contributes significantly to a specific understanding of historical events as well as to a theoretical reorientation of attitudes about death and dying. While Oregon is an important setting for the analysis of major developments concerning this subject, the conclusions of the analysis seem relatively limited or narrow rather than broad and comprehensive. Recommended for academic collections serving upper-division undergraduates and above. H. Hahn University of Southern California

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 A Fate Worse Than Death: Challenging the Legal Treatment of Dying
Chapter 2 Death with Dignity: The Early States, 1991-1992
Chapter 3 Passage of the Oregon Death With Dignity Act
Chapter 4 A Movement to Repeal the Oregon Death With Dignity Act
Chapter 5 Compassion in Dying: The Assisted Suicide Test Case
Chapter 6 Building the Safe Harbor: The Implementation of the Oregon Death With Dignity Act
Chapter 7 Death With Dignity in Other States and Other Countries
Chapter 8 The Good Death: Contesting Moral Boundaries