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Ending Life : Ethics and the Way We Die - Margaret Pabst Battin

Ending Life

Ethics and the Way We Die

Hardcover Published: 1st March 2005
ISBN: 9780195140262
Number Of Pages: 352

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Margaret Pabst Battin has established a reputation as one of the top philosophers working in bioethics today. This work is a sequel to Battin's 1994 volume The Least Worst Death. The last ten years have seen fast-moving developments in end-of-life issues, from the legalization of physician-assisted suicide in Oregon and the Netherlands to furor over proposed restrictions of scheduled drugs used for causing death, and the development of "NuTech" methods of assistance in dying. Battin's new collection covers a remarkably wide range of end-of-life topics, including suicide prevention, AIDS, suicide bombing, serpent-handling and other religious practices that pose a risk of death, genetic prognostication, suicide in old age, global justice and the "duty to die," and suicide, physician-assisted suicide, and euthanasia, in both American and international contexts.

As with the earlier volume, these new essays are theoretically adroit but draw richly from historical sources, fictional techniques, and ample factual material.

Praise for The Least Worst Death: Essays in Bioethics on the End of Life "Battin is not only a good philosopher, she is a practical philosopher. She adopts a problem-oriented approach to bioethics, selecting a specific issue and always attempting to provide circumspect and reasoned solutions."--Journal of Medical Ethics "She is surely one of the most erudite and articulate scholars pondering questions of euthanasia, suicide, and the withdrawal of medical treatment in the Western world."-- Arthur L. Caplan, Ethics "She does what analytically trained philosophers do best, namely, provide illuminating analyses and clarifications of difficult concepts and advance logically rigorous arguments in support of her analyses and positions."--Medical Humanities Review "Margaret Pabst Battin is one of the most intelligent writers on medical ethics."--Studies in Christian Ethics

Introduction : ending life : the way we do it, the way we could do itp. 3
Euthanasia and physician-assisted suicidep. 17
Euthanasia : the way we do it, the way they do itp. 47
Going early, going late : the rationality of decisions about physician-assisted suicide in AIDSp. 69
Is a physician ever obligated to help a patient die?p. 88
Case consultation : Scott Ames, a man giving up on himselfp. 108
Robeckp. 113
Collecting the primary texts : sources on the ethics of suicidep. 163
July 4, 1826 : explaining the same-day deaths of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson (and what could this mean for bioethics?)p. 175
High risk religion : informed consent in faith healing, serpent handling, and refusing medical treatmentp. 186
Terminal procedurep. 226
The ethics of self-sacrifice : what's wrong with suicide bombing?p. 240
Genetic information and knowing when you will diep. 251
Extra long life : ethical aspects of increased life spanp. 269
Global life expectancies and international justice : a reemergence of the duty to die?p. 280
New life in the assisted-death debate : scheduled drugs versus NuTechp. 301
Empirical research in bioethics : the method of "oppositional collaboration"p. 316
Safe, legal, rare? : physician-assisted suicide and cultural change in the futurep. 321
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ISBN: 9780195140262
ISBN-10: 0195140265
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 1st March 2005
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.3 x 16.2  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.62