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Cambridge Bioethics and Law : Euthanasia, Ethics and Public Policy: An Argument against Legalisation - John Keown

Cambridge Bioethics and Law

Euthanasia, Ethics and Public Policy: An Argument against Legalisation

Hardcover Published: 29th November 2018
ISBN: 9781107043206
Number Of Pages: 558

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Whether the law should permit voluntary euthanasia and/or physician-assisted suicide is one of the most controversial questions facing modern societies. Many people, moved by 'hard cases' reported by the mass media, support legalisation. This unique book explains a powerful but misunderstood argument against legalisation: that, even if they were morally justified in 'hard cases', voluntary euthanasia and/or physician-assisted suicide resist effective legal control. For reasons both practical and logical, legalisation would initiate a slide down a 'slippery slope' to ending the lives of patients who did not make a free, informed request; who were not suffering unbearably, and for whom there were alternatives. The book substantiates the argument that effective legal control is not feasible by drawing on the experience of three jurisdictions which have relaxed their laws: the Netherlands, Belgium and Oregon.

Advance praise: '... magisterial ...' Lord Judge, former Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales
Advance praise: 'A masterly analysis of the results of legalisation. Future discussions can, and must, be evidence-based.' Baroness Onora O'Neill, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, and former Principal of Newnham College, University of Cambridge
Advance praise: 'Though it hardly seems possible, this updating of the classic text on the quintessential issue in modern medicine has made its analysis of the ethical and legal issues in euthanasia even more trenchant and illuminating.' Alexander M. Capron, Scott H. Bice Chair in Healthcare Law, Policy and Ethics, University of Southern California, and former Director of Ethics and Health Law at the World Health Organization
Advance praise: 'John Keown is undoubtedly one of the all-time leading writers on assisted suicide and euthanasia. He writes with great power and clarity.' Yale Kamisar, Clarence Darrow Distinguished University Professor of Law Emeritus, University of Michigan
Praise for the first edition: '... the best book in print on the case against the legalisation of euthanasia.' The Tablet
Praise for the first edition: '... a most significant contribution to the debate ...' Medical Law Review
Praise for the first edition: 'Keown's clarity of thought explodes myths and beats an accessible path through a detailed jungle of morality and social history.' British Medical Journal
'... magisterial.' Igor Judge, former Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales
Advance praise: 'A masterly analysis of the results of legalisation. Future discussions can, and must, be evidence-based.' Onora O'Neill, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, and former Principal of Newnham College, University of Cambridge
Advance praise: 'Though it hardly seems possible, this updating of the classic text on the quintessential issue in modern medicine has made its analysis of the ethical and legal issues in euthanasia even more trenchant and illuminating.' Alexander M. Capron, University of Southern California, and former Director of Ethics, Trade, Human Rights, and Health Law at the World Health Organization
Advance praise: 'John Keown is undoubtedly one of the all-time leading writers on assisted suicide and euthanasia. He writes with great power and clarity.' Yale Kamisar, Clarence Darrow Distinguished University Professor of Law Emeritus, University of Michigan

ISBN: 9781107043206
ISBN-10: 1107043204
Series: Cambridge Bioethics and Law
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 558
Published: 29th November 2018
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.98
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised