The Case against Assisted Suicide: For the Right to End-of-Life Care

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In The Case against Assisted Suicide: For the Right to End-of-Life Care, Dr. Kathleen Foley and Dr. Herbert Hendin uncover why pleas for patient autonomy and compassion, often used in favor of legalizing euthanasia, do not advance or protect the rights of terminally ill patients. Incisive essays by authorities in the fields of medicine, law, and bioethics draw on studies done in the Netherlands, Oregon, and Australia by the editors and contributors that show the dangers that legalization of assisted suicide would pose to the most vulnerable patients. Thoughtful and persuasive, this book urges the medical profession to improve palliative care and develop a more humane response to the complex issues facing those who are terminally ill.

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"This book is captivating and original. Because it is solidly data based it avoids the emotional arguments pressed on either side of this debate and presents a set of judgments derived from observation rather than emotion."—Paul R. McHugh, M.D., Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

"The Case against Assisted Suicide is essential reading for all who want to move beyond simple sound bites and partisan battle cries and reflect more deeply on the many practical and philosophical concerns that surround the issue of physician-assisted suicide. The book's accounts of the continuing love affair of the Dutch with both euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide and the realities of assisted suicide in Oregon will surely make many potential supporters into firm opponents of both measures and, one hopes, into active supporters of palliative/hospice care."—Robert Twycross, Oxford University

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Kathleen Foley, M.D., is professor of neurology at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University and director of the Project on Death in America of the Open Society Institute and Soros Foundation.Herbert Hendin, M.D., is professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at New York Medical College and medical director of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

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