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Assisted death in Europe and America : four regimes and their lessons, Guenter Lewy

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Assisted death in Europe and America : four regimes and their lessons
Title
Assisted death in Europe and America
Title remainder
four regimes and their lessons
Statement of responsibility
Guenter Lewy
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Advances in medical treatment now enable physicians to prolong life to a previously unknown extent, however in many instances these new techniques mean not the saving of life but prolonging the act of dying. In the eyes of many, medical technology has run out of control and contributes to unnecessary suffering. Hence the demand has arisen that patients should be entitled to choose death when pain and physical and mental deterioration have destroyed the possibility of a dignified and meaningful life and that their doctors should help them to realize this endeavor. At the present time there are seven jurisdictions in the world that, with various restrictions, have legalized the practice of assisted death- physician-assisted suicide and/or voluntary euthanasia- to wit, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxemborg, and Switzerland in Europe and the states of Oregon, Washington and Montana in the United States. Four of these regimes have been functioning for many years, and we have from them a substantial body of data as well as much observational research. This book is based on this material. The literature dealing with the moral, legal and social aspects of assisted death is voluminous, but there is also much writing that provides a detailed accounts of the way that these four regimes are working. Many partisans, on both sides of the issue, cite existing data selectively or, at times, willfully distort the empirical evidence in order to strengthen their case. Based on the documentary record and interviews with officials, this book gives the reader a reliable picture of the way assisted death functions and to draw relevant lessons. While accurate factual information cannot settle a moral debate, it nevertheless is a precondition of any well-founded argument. -- from Book Jacket
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1923-
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Lewy, Guenter
Dewey number
179.7
Index
index present
LC call number
R726
LC item number
.L49 2011
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Assisted suicide
  • Assisted suicide
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Assisted death in Europe and America : four regimes and their lessons, Guenter Lewy
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
1. Introduction : Why assisted death has become an important public policy issue ; The euthanasia and assisted-suicide underground ; The aims of this study -- 2. Euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide in the Netherlands ; The path to legalization ; The law of 2002 decriminalizing euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide ; Empirical data on euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide: who, when, why, where, and how? ; Problems in the practice of euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide : Failure to report cases of euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide ; Ending life without explicit request of the patient ; Termination of life in pediatric cases ; Assisted death for patients with mental suffering ; Can palliative care eliminate the need for assisted death? ; The Dutch regime of euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide assessed -- 3. Voluntary euthanasia in Belgium : How Belgium legalized euthanasia ; The law on euthanasia of May 28, 2002 ; The practice of euthanasia since 2002 -- 4. Assisted suicide in Switzerland : Exit, German Switzerland: Association for a humane death ; Exit, association pour le droit de mourir dans la dignité/Suisse Romande ; Dignitas ; Other right-to-die organizations ; The public debate on assisted suicide -- 5. Physician-assisted suicide in Oregon : A legal obstacle course ; The Death with Dignity Act ; Ten years of physician-assisted death ; Criticism and problem areas -- 6. Assisted death as a last resort : Lessons from four regimes of assisted death ; A model statute for physician-assisted suicide ; Dilemmas and promise of legalized assisted death -- Appendices : 1. The Dutch Termination of Life on Request and Assisted Suicide (Review Procedures) Act ; 2. The Belgian Act on Euthanasia of 28 May 2002 ; 3. Swiss Criminal Code of 1937 (as of October 1, 2008) ; 4. The Oregon Death with Dignity Act: Oregon revised statutes
Control code
ocn468231324
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
xii, 250 p.
Isbn
9780199746415
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2009046454
System control number
(OCoLC)468231324
Label
Assisted death in Europe and America : four regimes and their lessons, Guenter Lewy
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
1. Introduction : Why assisted death has become an important public policy issue ; The euthanasia and assisted-suicide underground ; The aims of this study -- 2. Euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide in the Netherlands ; The path to legalization ; The law of 2002 decriminalizing euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide ; Empirical data on euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide: who, when, why, where, and how? ; Problems in the practice of euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide : Failure to report cases of euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide ; Ending life without explicit request of the patient ; Termination of life in pediatric cases ; Assisted death for patients with mental suffering ; Can palliative care eliminate the need for assisted death? ; The Dutch regime of euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide assessed -- 3. Voluntary euthanasia in Belgium : How Belgium legalized euthanasia ; The law on euthanasia of May 28, 2002 ; The practice of euthanasia since 2002 -- 4. Assisted suicide in Switzerland : Exit, German Switzerland: Association for a humane death ; Exit, association pour le droit de mourir dans la dignité/Suisse Romande ; Dignitas ; Other right-to-die organizations ; The public debate on assisted suicide -- 5. Physician-assisted suicide in Oregon : A legal obstacle course ; The Death with Dignity Act ; Ten years of physician-assisted death ; Criticism and problem areas -- 6. Assisted death as a last resort : Lessons from four regimes of assisted death ; A model statute for physician-assisted suicide ; Dilemmas and promise of legalized assisted death -- Appendices : 1. The Dutch Termination of Life on Request and Assisted Suicide (Review Procedures) Act ; 2. The Belgian Act on Euthanasia of 28 May 2002 ; 3. Swiss Criminal Code of 1937 (as of October 1, 2008) ; 4. The Oregon Death with Dignity Act: Oregon revised statutes
Control code
ocn468231324
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
xii, 250 p.
Isbn
9780199746415
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2009046454
System control number
(OCoLC)468231324

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