Euthanasia, Ethics and Public Policy: An Argument Against Legalisation (Hardback)
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Euthanasia, Ethics and Public Policy: An Argument Against Legalisation (Hardback)

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Hardback 340 Pages / Published: 25/04/2002
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Whether the law should permit voluntary euthanasia or physician-assisted suicide is one of the most vital questions facing all modern societies. Internationally, the main obstacle to legalisation has proved to be the objection that, even if they were morally acceptable in certain 'hard cases', voluntary euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide could not be effectively controlled; society would slide down a 'slippery slope' to the killing of patients who did not make a free and informed request, or for whom palliative care would have offered an alternative. How cogent is this objection? This book provides the general reader (who need have no expertise in philosophy, law or medicine) with a lucid introduction to this central question in the debate, not least by reviewing the Dutch euthanasia experience. It will interest all in any country whether currently for or against legalisation, who wish to ensure that their opinions are better informed.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521804165
Number of pages: 340
Weight: 664 g
Dimensions: 237 x 158 x 27 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'... undoubtedly one of the most comprehensive critiques of euthanasia and, serves as a necessary counterbalance to the growing number of pro-euthanasia contributions. ... Lawyers and non-lawyers alike with an interest in end-of-life issues will therefore find this a stimulating addition to their undoubtedly well-stocked libraries.' New Law Journal
'John Keown's informed and powerful argument against euthanasia features both an excellent exposition of its pitfalls and a strong confrontation with a question that remains controversial abroad: Are there circumstances in which withdrawal of treatment should be considered euthanasia? The power of Keown's argument holds your interest while making you think. The lucidity of Keown's logic make this book a provocative and important contribution to the ethical and public policy issues involved in end-of-life care.' The Hastings Center Report
'... the latest offering from John Keown ... succeeds admirably, rewarding anyone who takes the time to chew through it carefully with food for thought to titillate even the most refined intellectual palate ... The reader ... having taken the trouble to read Euthanasia, Ethics and Public Policy shall undoubtedly be better informed ... Keown has produced a well-structured, deeply ethically penetrating analysis of the issues, which also manages to be a thoroughly stimulating read. the book is to be welcomed as a most significant contribution to the debate.' Medical Law Review
'Keown's clarity of thought explodes myths and beats an accessible path through a detailed jungle of morality and social history.' British Medical Journal
'Keown ... has produced what is the best book in print on the case against the legalisation of euthanasia.' The Tablet
'... written in a moderate and reasoned tone and in a manner easily understood whether you are a health care professional, lawyer, politician or just an interested member of the public ... required reading for anyone who intends to make a public statement in the euthanasia debate.' Roger Woodruff, International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care Newsletter
'A veritable tour de force through the controversies apparent in the modern euthanasia debate ... reads easily and coherently. ... it really does offer a comprehensive ethical and legal analysis of the main arguments from both sides of the debate.' Bulletin of Medical Ethics
"[Keown] has produced what is the best book now in print on the case against the legalisation of euthanasia." The Tablet
"John Keown's informed and powerful argument against euthanasia features both an excellent exposition of its pitfalls and a strong confrontation with a question that remains controversial abroad: Are there circumstances in which withdrawl of treatment should be considered euthanasia? American readers of this book, who consider the question settled and are unfamiliar with cultural and legal differences in the way European countries and the United States have dealt with end-of-life issues, may be puzzled at first as to why this University of Cambridge lecturer in the law and ethics of medicine wants to address this question. But Keown's exposition will make even such readers, who believe we have wisely avoided many of the dilemmas Great Britain and other European countries are forced to face, realize that there are some dilemmas we have not escaped." The Hastings Center Report
"The lucidity of Keown's logic make this book a provocative and important contribution to the ethical and public policy issues involved in end-of-life care." The Hastings Center Report
"John Keown of the Cambridge University law faculty has produced an eminently readable and detailed analysis of the pros and cons of the euthanasia debate...he offers his book to help us approach the question with open and better-informed minds...For its wisdom, humor, thoughtful analysis, and utter precision of language, Euthanasia, Ethics, and Public Policy: An Argument Against Legislation is a worthy addition to one's library. It emphasizes a critical concern for all: when we fail to look out and care for the least of our citizens, the suffering and the dying, we begin to lose some of our humanity as a nation." The Journal of Legal Medicine

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