Stanley A. Terman Lethal Choice

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From Conspiracy to Enlightenment...

What if the CEOs of health and long-term care insurance companies, whose bonuses depend upon increasing profits, reached their last resort to decrease costs so that now, they must encourage patients and physicians to hasten dying?

What if they found a research physician who craved fortune and fame for his two contributions: a computer program that would allow even totally paralyzed patients to commit suicide plus and a trio of prescription medications that are lethal when combined but individually can slip under the radar of the Drug Enforcement Agency?

Then they would just need to find a "star," a patient who could deliver an eloquent, passionate, and persuasive speech on their promotional video and then voluntarily demonstrate that Physician-Assisted Suicide is as peaceful as it is patriotic.

Ben Brewster, a decorated war hero, is nearly quadriplegic from end-stage Lou Gehrig's disease but his mind is clear and his rhetoric charismatic. There is only one potential obstacle: his undying devotion to his feisty daughter.

The doctor's plan is to psychologically manipulate the patient into believing it is his own idea to volunteer for and perform Physician-Assisted Suicide on video. His assistant, a male nurse and former terrorist interrogator, wants instead to threaten the patient's daughter.

When Ben discovers their deception, the young doctor she is dating becomes her only hope...

The couple's desperate attempts to save Ben's life, and then their own lives, lead them into a maze of end-of-life ethics and physician bias. As they emerge, they learn how a father's love can transcend even death itself.

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Would you like a glimpse into know what is going on in your physician's mind as s/he discusses the most important medical decision of your, or your loved one's life? --to make a medical treatment decision that will determine whether or not life will continue?

You should because physicians are like everyone else: more than a few are deeply biased and some of these not even aware that their personal moral and religious views, pride, ego or greed may influence their patients' decisions.

A medical thriller, Lethal Choice is based on a conspiracy theory of Physician-Assisted Suicide, an important area of current controversy. In addition, a short Afterword considers how the lives of each main character would change if Physician-Assisted Suicide had been legal. I hope readers not only find the novel and its Afterword enlightening and provocative, but that they also learn more about end of life ethics and options and the pitfalls of being influenced by doctors so that they can make end-of-life decisions that are really right for themselves.

About the Author:

Stanley A. Terman is a board-certified psychiatrist who has dedicated nearly three decades of his professional life to relationship issues and end-of-life challenges. His degrees are B.A. (Brown University); Ph.D. (M.I.T.), M.D. (U. Iowa). Formerly on the faculty of the University of California, Irvine, he founded the nonprofit organization Caring Advocates whose team of clinical, legal, and spiritual professionals helps patients and their families attain the goal of peaceful transitions.

In working with terminally ill patients and their loved ones, Dr. Terman regularly assesses the judgment and decision-making ability of patients who wish to create strategic Living Wills and Powers of Attorney for medical or financial decisions. He also provides advice and support for individuals designated as Proxies when they are faced with the awesome responsibility to make an end-of-life decision for another.

Having participated actively in three bioethics committees and consulted at the San Diego Hospice, Dr. Terman now lectures to professional and general audiences. A sample of topics includes: "Moral Paternalism and The President's Council on Bioethics," "The Sanctity of Many Lives," and, "Does Hollywood Accurately Portray Alzheimer's disease?"

Dr. Terman believes educating people on the legal, peaceful choice to refuse food and fluid has potential to help far more people than expensive political campaigns to attempt to legalize Physician-Assisted Dying, which cannot help millions of people avoid their greatest fear: progressive indignity and dependency from such devastating diseases as Alzheimer's.

Attorneys for Terri Schiavo's parents submitted Dr. Terman's declaration to Florida's Judge George Greer. Dr. Terman agreed to participate in the spirit of two beliefs he holds most dear: "We are morally obligated to honor a patient s previously expressed wishes," and, "We should do everything possible to learn directly from the patient, what she or he wants."

Dr. Terman is currently creating a series of books, audio CDs, and DVDs in the series, The BEST WAY to Attain Peaceful Transitions. He is the author of the non-fiction book, The BEST WAY to Say Goodbye: A Legal Peaceful Choice at the End of Life. He lives in San Diego with his wife and their two Pomeranian dogs.

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