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Death and dying : opposing viewpoints
Haley, James, 1968-
Publication Information:
Farmington Hills, MI : Greenhaven Press ; San Diego : Thomson/Gale, [2003]

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224 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Hospice care improves end-of-life care / Joe Loconte -- Hospice care is not appropropriate for all terminally ill patients / Felicia Ackerman -- Physician-assisted suicide should be legalized / Peter Rogatz -- Physician-assisted suicide should not be legalized / Wesley J. Smith -- Advance directives enable dying patients to control treatment / David Kessler -- Advance directives fail to give dying patients control over treatment / Peter G. Filene -- The dying must make spiritual peace with death / M. Christina Puchalski -- The dying have the right to die angry / Marshall B. Kapp -- Nontraditional funerals help the bereaved cope with death / Jerri Lyons -- Nontrational funerals do not help the bereaved cope with death / Joe Queenan -- Medical treatment may reduce the pain of grief / Katherine Shear -- Grief cannot be managed / Stephanie Salter -- Immortality is an achieveable and worthy goal / Frank R. Zindler -- The human life span should not be extended / Leon R. Kass -- Cryonic suspension can extend life beyond death / Timothy Leary -- Nano nonsense and cryonics / Michael Shermer -- There is an afterlife / Susy Smith -- There is no afterlife / Paul Kurtz -- Near-death experiences may be glimpses of an afterlife / Kenneth Ring -- Near-death experiences have natural, not spiritual causes / Barry F. Seidman -- Reincarnation may lead to life after death / Tom Shroder -- Reincarnation is a myth / Paul Edwards.
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Doctors, scientists, and those who have lost loved ones discuss the difficult issues surrounding death and dying such as easing the dying process, coping with death, extending the human life span, and the possibility of life after death.

Table of Contents

Joe LoconteFelicia AckermanPeter RogatzWesley J. SmithDavid KesslerPeter G. FileneM. Christina PuchalskiMarshall B. KappJerri LyonsJoe QueenanKatherine ShearStephanie SalterFrank R. ZindlerLeon R. KassTimothy LearyMichael ShermerSusy SmithPaul KurtzKenneth RingBarry F. SeidmanTom ShroderPaul Edwards
Why Consider Opposing Viewpoints?p. 7
Introductionp. 10
Chapter 1 How Should End-of-Life Care Be Improved?
Chapter Prefacep. 15
1. Hospice Care Improves End-of-Life Carep. 17
2. Hospice Care Is Not Appropriate for All Terminally Ill Patientsp. 28
3. Physician-Assisted Suicide Should Be Legalizedp. 39
4. Physician-Assisted Suicide Should Not Be Legalizedp. 49
5. Advance Directives Enable Dying Patients to Control Treatmentp. 58
6. Advance Directives Fail to Give Dying Patients Control over Treatmentp. 64
Periodical Bibliographyp. 69
Chapter 2 How Can People Cope with Death?
Chapter Prefacep. 71
1. The Dying Must Make Spiritual Peace with Deathp. 73
2. The Dying Have the Right to Die Angryp. 80
3. Nontraditional Funerals Help the Bereaved Cope with Deathp. 85
4. Nontraditional Funerals Do Not Help the Bereaved Cope with Deathp. 94
5. Medical Treatment May Reduce the Pain of Griefp. 104
6. Grief Cannot Be Managedp. 113
Periodical Bibliographyp. 117
Chapter 3 Should Effort to Expand the Human Life Span Be Pursued?
Chapter Prefacep. 119
1. Immortality Is an Achieveable and Worthy Goalp. 121
2. The Human Life Span Should Not Be Extendedp. 132
3. Cryonic Suspension Can Extend Life Beyond Deathp. 142
4. Nano Nonsense and Cryonicsp. 150
Periodical Bibliographyp. 153
Chapter 4 Is There Life After Death?
Chapter Prefacep. 155
1. There Is an Afterlifep. 157
2. There Is No Afterlifep. 165
3. Near-Death Experiences May Be Glimpses of an Afterlifep. 174
4. Near-Death Experiences Have Natural, Not Spiritual, Causesp. 182
5. Reincarnation May Lead to Life After Deathp. 190
6. Reincarnation Is a Mythp. 201
Periodical Bibliographyp. 209
For Further Discussionp. 210
Organizations to Contactp. 212
Bibliography of Booksp. 216
Indexp. 219