Death Talk, First Edition: The Case Against Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide

Death Talk, First Edition: The Case Against Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide

By: Margaret A. Somerville (author)Paperback

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There are vast ethical, legal, and social differences between natural death and euthanasia. In Death Talk Margaret Somerville argues that legalizing euthanasia would cause irreparable harm to society's value of respect for human life, which in secular societies is carried primarily by the institutions of law and medicine. Death has always been a central focus of the discussion that we engage in as individuals and as a society in searching for meaning in life. Moreover, we accommodate the inevitable reality of death into the living of our lives by discussing it, that is, through "death talk." Until the last twenty years this discussion occurred largely as part of the practice of organized religion. Today, in industrialized western societies, the euthanasia debate provides a context for such discussion and is part of the search for a new societal-cultural paradigm. Seeking to balance the "death talk" articulated in the euthanasia debate with "life talk," Somerville identifies the very serious harms for individuals and society that would result from accepting euthanasia. A sense of the unfolding euthanasia debate is captured through the inclusion of Somerville's responses to or commentaries on several other authors' contributions.


PART ONE: EUTHANASIA AND THE SEARCH FOR A NEW SOCIETAL PARADIGM 1 Euthanasia, Genetics, Reproductive Technologies, and the Search for a New Societal Paradigm PART TWO: EVOLUTION OF THE EUTHANASIA CONTROVERSY 2 Should the Grandparents Die? Allocation of Medical Resources with an Aging Population 3 The Song of Death: The Lyrics of Euthanasia 4 "Death Talk" in Canada: The Rodriguez Case 5 The Definition of Euthanasia: A Paradoxical Partnership 6 Legalizing Euthanasia: Why Now? 7 Euthanasia by Confusion 8 (a) Guidelines for Legalized Euthanasia in Canada: A Proposal by Torsten 0. Nielsen (b) Guidelines for Legalized Euthanasia in Canada: A Rejection of Nielsen's Proposal (c) Guidelines for Legalized Euthanasia in Canada: A Response, to Somerville's Rejection by Torsten 0. Nielsen (d) Guidelines for Legalized Euthanasia in Canada: A Response to Nielsen's Response 9 Executing Euthanasia: A Review Essay 10 Why Aren't Physicians Interested in the Ethics and Law of Euthanasia? A Conference Report PART THREE: UNTREATED PAIN AND EUTHANASIA 11 Pain and Suffering at Interfaces of Medicine and Law 12 Ethics, Law, and Palliative Treatment and Care: The Dying Elderly Person 13 The Relief of Suffering: Human Rights and Medicine 14 Death of Pain: Pain, Suffering, and Ethics PART FOUR: RESPECT FOR DYING PEOPLE AND EUTHANASIA 15 (a) Death at a New York Hospital by Engelbert L. Schucking (b) Searching for the Governing Values, Policies, and Attitudes: Commentary on "Death at a New York Hospital" 16 (a) Human Dignity and Disease, Disability, Suffering: A Philosophical Contribution to the Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide Debate by Sylvia D. Stolberg (b) Unpacking the Concept of Human Dignity in Human(e) Death: Comments on "Human Dignity and Disease, Disability and Suffering" 17 (a) Prothanasia: Personal Fulfilment and Readiness to Die by ConstantineJohn Falliers (b) Taming the Tiger: Reflections on "Prothanasia: Personal Fulfilment and Readiness to Die" 18 Debating A Gentle Death: A Review Essay PART FIVE: EUTHANASIA IN THE "PUBLIC SQUARE" 19 Euthanasia in the Media: Journalists' Values, Media Ethics, and "Public Square" Messages 20 Euthanasia and the Death Penalty PART SIX: ETHICAL AND LEGAL "TOOLS" IN THE EUTHANASIA DEBATE 21 Labels versus Contents: Variance between PhiloSophy, Psychiatry, and Law in Concepts Governing Decision-Making 22 Human Rights and Human Ethics: Health and Health Care

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  • ISBN13: 9780773522459
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 464
  • ID: 9780773522459
  • weight: 680
  • ISBN10: 077352245X

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