Helps the millions of people suffering from terminal illness ease the passage from life to death with advice from physicians, lawyers, and medical ethicists.
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The "fear of pain" in terminally ill patients is one of the major reasons euthanasia or assisted suicide is requested or used. Cundiff's book gives the physician's viewpoint on the current movement to legalize euthanasia. Advocating the training of medical personnel in pain management so they can better treat terminally ill patients, Cundiff also urges having families, medical staff, and the clergy working together to make dying patients' last months and days comfortable. Appendixes include a copy of the "Proposed California Death with Dignity Act," letters from various organizations on their views of human suffering, and a list of references for further reading. Ahronheim and Weber's Final Passages covers all the same topics as Cundiff in addition to providing information on specific terminal illnesses and specific medications for pain relief. A list of resources covers different types of organizations for specific diseases, consumer groups, and lists of other healthcare-related organizations. Both books are very well written, easy to read and understand, and full of thought-provoking information. However, Final Passages is a better choice for readers dealing with a terminal illness for the first time and who need a practical guide. Cundiff's book is an excellent choice for collections dealing with the ethical, social, and medical issues of euthanasia. See also Joni Eareckson Tada's When Is It Right To Die? , reviewed in this issue, p. 81.--Ed.
-Betsy Kraus, Environmental Evaluation Group, Albuquerque
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Book Description Simon & Schuster, 1992. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110671780255
Book Description Simon & Schuster, 1992. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0671780255