Sensitive and high-profile public policy issues often benefit from being considered in comparative perspective. Here, euthanasia and the right to die are examined in the context of the social, legal, and religious settings of a wide range of countries. The authors employ public opinion data, where available, to illustrate the great disparity between approval of physician-assisted suicide and the general illegality of the practice.
Jennifer M. Scherer is vice president of research at the management consulting firm Association & Issues Management. Rita J. Simon is university professor at American University.
Chapter 1 Death and Dying in Historical Perspective Chapter 2 The Fundamental Issues Chapter 3 Euthanasia in the United States and Canada Chapter 4 Euthanasia in the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Germany, and Switzerland, Spain , and France Chapter 5 Euthanasia in Australia, China, Japan, and India Chapter 6 Euthanasia in Colombia, South Africa, Iran, and Israel Chapter 7 Toward a Workable Social Policy Chapter 8 Notes Chapter 9 Suggested Reading Chapter 10 Index