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The Right to Die Debate: A Documentary History (Primary Documents in American History & Contemporary Issues)

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Rapid changes in medical care and in society's attitudes about death have made the right-to-die debate a timely topic, but its roots can be traced back to the founding of this country. High school and college students can explore the history of this debate through this unique collection of primary documents. Government reports, court cases, statements from religious groups, and many other contributions provide a thorough examination of the arguments for and against allowing people to make their own decisions about how and when they die. An explanatory introduction precedes each document to aid the user in understanding the various arguments that have been put forth in this debate, encouraging consideration of all sides when drawing conclusions.

Such issues as attitudes toward death, mercy killings, euthanasia, the development of living wills, and advance directives are explored in detail and are traced back to their early roots. Each of the volume's six parts examines a different subject within the debate and provides records ranging from the high profile court cases of Karen Quinlan and Nancy Cruzan to samples of living wills to a statement from Pope Pius II. Zucker presents the reader with a variety of ideas from many different people, including doctors, patients, religious leaders, and government officials, and presents a broad range of perspectives that will be a welcome resource for students wishing to explore this highly emotional topic from as many different angles as possible.

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High school and college students can explore the history of the right to die debate through this collection of primary documents. Government reports, court cases, statements from religious groups, and personal narratives provide an examination of the arguments for and against the right to die. An explanatory introduction precedes each document to aid the user in understanding various arguments. Material is in sections on definitions of death, care of the dying and euthanasia before and after 1952, advance directives, the role of the courts, and assisted suicide. The editor is program associate at Choice in Dying.
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Synopsis:

Traces the history and development of the American right-to-die debate through this thorough and fascinating collection of primary documents.

Synopsis:

Rapid changes in medical care and in society's attitudes about death have made the right-to-die debate a timely topic, but its roots can be traced back to the founding of this country. High school and college students can explore the history of this debate through this unique collection of primary documents. Government reports, court cases, statements from religious groups, and many other contributions provide a thorough examination of the arguments for and against allowing people to make their own decisions about how and when they die. An explanatory introduction precedes each document to aid the user in understanding the various arguments that have been put forth in this debate, encouraging consideration of all sides when drawing conclusions. Such issues as attitudes toward death, mercy killings, euthanasia, the development of living wills, and advance directives are explored in detail and are traced back to their early roots. Each of the volume's six parts examines a different subject within the debate and provides records ranging from the high profile court cases of Karen Quinlan and Nancy Cruzan to samples of living wills to a statement from Pope Pius II. Zucker presents the reader with a variety of ideas from many different people, including doctors, patients, religious leaders, and government officials, and presents a broad range of perspectives that will be a welcome resource for students wishing to explore this highly emotional topic from as many different angles as possible.

About the Author

MARJORIE B. ZUCKER, a former Professor of Pathology at New York University Medical Center, now works at Partnership For Caring (formerly Choice in Dying).

Table of Contents

Death and How We Face It

Some Literature about Death

Definitions of Death

Medical Advances, Care of the Dying, and the Euthanasia Movement before 1952

Death in the Nineteenth Century

Mortality, 1900-1950

The Early Euthanasia Movement

Mercy Killings

Changes in Medical Care and the Way We Die: The Euthanasia Movement, 1953-1965

Changes in Medical Care and Their Impact on the End of Life

Euthanasia

Advance Directives: Their Legalization and Implementation

The Original Living Will

Statements in Support of Patient's Rights

Legalizing the Living Will

Medical Power of Attorney: Health Care Agent Appointed by the Patient

Laws That Permit Heath Care Decisions to Be Made by a Surrogate Who Was Not Appointed by the Patient

Limitations of Advance Directives

Federal Law Relating to Advance Directives

Culture and Religious Responses to Advance Directives

Attempts to Increase the Number of Completed Advance Directives

Responses of Physicians to Advance Directives

Cost Savings

Do Not Resucitate (DNR) orders

The Role of the Courts in End-of-Life Decision Making

The Right to Die of Patients with Capacity

The Right to Die of Patients Who Have Lost Capacity

Artificial Nutrition and Hydration

The U.S. Supreme Court Decision in the Case of Nancy Cruzan

The Right to Die of Patients Who Were Never Competent: Medical Futility

What If the Health Care Facility Does Not Follow the Patient's Wishes to Terminate Care?

Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia

Palliative Care

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780313305221
Editor:
Zucker, Marjorie B.
Publisher:
Greenwood
Editor:
Zucker, Marjorie B.
Author:
Zucker, Marjorie B.
Author:
Zucker, Marjorie
Location:
Westport, Conn. :
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Ethics
Subject:
Death
Subject:
Terminal care
Subject:
Constitutional
Subject:
Ethics, Medical
Subject:
Euthanasia
Subject:
Right to Die
Subject:
Euthanasia -- History.
Subject:
Death -- Social aspects -- History.
Subject:
Health and Medicine-Professional Medical Reference
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Primary Documents in American History and Contemporary Issues
Series Volume:
no. 1
Publication Date:
19991031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9.44x6.48x1.16 in. 1.41 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Traces the history and development of the American right-to-die debate through this thorough and fascinating collection of primary documents.
"Synopsis" by , Rapid changes in medical care and in society's attitudes about death have made the right-to-die debate a timely topic, but its roots can be traced back to the founding of this country. High school and college students can explore the history of this debate through this unique collection of primary documents. Government reports, court cases, statements from religious groups, and many other contributions provide a thorough examination of the arguments for and against allowing people to make their own decisions about how and when they die. An explanatory introduction precedes each document to aid the user in understanding the various arguments that have been put forth in this debate, encouraging consideration of all sides when drawing conclusions. Such issues as attitudes toward death, mercy killings, euthanasia, the development of living wills, and advance directives are explored in detail and are traced back to their early roots. Each of the volume's six parts examines a different subject within the debate and provides records ranging from the high profile court cases of Karen Quinlan and Nancy Cruzan to samples of living wills to a statement from Pope Pius II. Zucker presents the reader with a variety of ideas from many different people, including doctors, patients, religious leaders, and government officials, and presents a broad range of perspectives that will be a welcome resource for students wishing to explore this highly emotional topic from as many different angles as possible.
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