Compassionate Crimes Broken Taboos
- Author : Derek Humphry
- Publisher : Unknown
- File Size : 10,8 Mb
- Release Date : 1986
- Genre: Accomplices
- Pages : 92
- ISBN 10 : 0960603050
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Many elderly, sick Americans who have no prospect of improved health prefer death to indefinite suffering. Others are incompetent to decide their own fate. Last Rights describes the economic and social forces that are propelling us toward controlling who dies--and when.
Suicide, and how civilized people should respond to it, is an increasingly controversial topic in modern society. In Holland, suicide is the third leading cause of death of people between the ages of fifteen and forty. In the United States, it is the second leading cause of death among older teenagers. Laws prohibiting assisted suicide are being directly and boldly confronted by activists in the United States, most notably Jack Kevorkian. Meanwhile, the American Civil Liberties Union has publicly declared suicide a fundamental human right that should be protected under the Constitution. The Hemlock Society has introduced referenda in California, Washington, and Oregon to legalize suicide and assisted suicide. The most vocal opposition to these initiatives has come from the Roman Catholic church.Breaking the Thread of Life marshalls philosophical, moral, medical, historical, and theological arguments in support of the Roman Catholic position against suicide. In a comprehensive study of the history of suicide, Barry shows that Christian civilization was one of only a few early societies that was able to bring suicide under control. He counters claims that Catholicism and the Bible endorse rational suicide. Barry also analyzes arguments in support of the rationality of suicide and illuminates their biases, inadequacies, and dangers.Barry presents the rationale for the Roman Catholic church's strong, extensive, and articulate opposition to efforts to gain legal and social endorsement of suicide and assisted suicide. His book represents the most complete study of the classical Roman Catholic view of rational suicide to date, and it will be of significant interest to philosophers, theologians, physicians, and lawyers.
First multi-year cumulation covers six years: 1965-70.
Issues surrounding the end of life, and in particular questions of patient choice, have seldom been so high on the legal, ethical and political agenda. This book examines these issues from a comparative perspective, drawing conclusions about the role of the doctor, the individual and the law-makers in this moral minefield.
VOLUNTARY EUTHANASIA: A COMPREHENSIVE BIBLIOGRAPHY is The complete sourcebook on voluntary euthanasia. This bibliography provides students & researchers with an authoritative guide to the literature published in English from 1840 to 1987. The fields of religion, law, medicine, allied health, social science, biology, philosophy, & psychology are covered. All books, journal articles, & newspaper articles on the subject are included. An extensive author index is provided.
The phenomenal "New York Times" bestseller that has the world talking--a practical guide for the terminally ill to dying with dignity through assisted suicide. Finally available in paperback, this considerate book is for mature adults who are considering the option of ending their lives because of unbearable pain or terminal illness. Copyright © Libri GmbH. All rights reserved.
A broad range of information is offered in some 130 articles, though the editors make no claims of comprehensiveness. The contributions are concise and straightforward without being superficial or trite, presenting discussion of the controversies when the need exists. Among the topics covered: cremation, death anxiety, funerals, grief, living wills, mortality rate, murder, near-death experiences, stillbirth, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, as well as periodicals and organizations covering death and dying. Each entry carries references. A fine reference for a wide audience. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR