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An Easeful Death? : Perspectives on death, dying and euthanasia - John Morgan

An Easeful Death?

Perspectives on death, dying and euthanasia

By: John Morgan (Editor)

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We may at last as a society beginning to talk about death or at least to appreciate the need to come to terms with it, so that we may confront and accept it. The possibility of violent sudden death, as mirrored in the Port Arthur and Dunblane mass murders, has thrown up for us in recent months the feelings of finality and despair that death so often brings. At the same time, modern medicine and its technologies, which can postpone or suspend dying, bring us another set of questions. Our laws, our beliefs, our science, our history, our myths, and the way our culture, social and political, is organised: all of these reflect and have a bearing on how we approach the subject. The essays in this book examine death, dying, assisted death and euthanasia from a number of perspectives. They are not exhaustive, but they explore some of the opinions, some of the deeply held ethical beliefs and fears about death and loss of control over oneself, and some of the questions posed about compassion and the value and dignity of human life. Leading Australian and overseas thinkers present a variety of theological, ethical and medical perspectives to provide a balanced and challenging view of complex issues.

Death in the Contemporary World Easeful death: Culture and medicine in the debate on death, dying and euthanasia John Morgan Look not at the sun or death: Reflections on death, dying and euthanasia Davis McCaughey

How Shall We Die? What is a good death? A doctor's view Alison A Holloway Care of the dying: A nurse's perspective Elizabeth White Death and the future Deirdre Gardiner Hope in dying: Palliative care and a good death Ian Maddocks

Letting Some People Die and Euthanasia Considered Distracters in the contemporary debate on euthanasia Brian Pollard Live and let die Raymond Hoffenburg Valuing the vulnerable: Suicide, murder and euthanasia David Brown Some scepticism about active euthanasia and assisted suicide William F May

Dying and Euthanasia in a Time of Scarce Resources The sanctity of life and resource allocation: Voluntarism, coercion and the common good Malcolm Parker Autonomy, resources and the sanctity of life WJ Uren

Regulating Death and Euthanasia Euthanasia and withdrawal of treatment: Legal perspectives Brian Bartley Legislation, ethics and social policy: The case of 'dying with dignity' Don Stewart The tragic truth about Dutch death John Keown

Epilogue The enigma of death Alastair V Campbell

Appendices Commonwealth: Euthanasia Laws Bill 1996 Victoria: Medical Treatment Act 1988 South Australia: Consent to Medical Treatment and Palliative Care Act 1995 Northern Territory: Rights of the Terminally Ill Act

ISBN: 9781862872226
ISBN-10: 1862872228
Audience: Professional
Format: AAA
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 232
Published: October 1996
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 22.000 x 14.000
Weight (kg): 0.29
Edition Number: 1