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Final Exit (Third Edition) - Derek Humphry

Final Exit (Third Edition)

Paperback Published: 1st November 2002
ISBN: 9780385336536
Number Of Pages: 6

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As the legal controversy continues--this newly revised and updated third edition of the landmark bestseller contains new, critically important information for patients, loved ones, and medical personnel.

The original publication of Final Exit stunned the nation by offering people with terminal illness a choice on how--and when--to end their suffering. It helped thousands by giving clear instructions to doctors, nurses, and families on how to handle a patient’s request for euthanasia.

In the wake of court cases and legislative mandates, this revised and updated third edition goes far beyond the original to provide new information about the legality of euthanasia and assisted suicide, and a thoughtful examination of the personal issues involved. It has become the essential source to help loved ones and supportive doctors remain within existing laws and keep a person’s dying intimate, private, and dignified.

With deep compassion and sensitivity, it spells out why a living will may not be sufficient to have a person’s wishes carried out--and what document is a better alternative. It updates where to get proper drugs and exactly how to carry out the quickest, most peaceful way to make a final exit. Finally, it gently talks to a person considering self-deliverance about alternatives, planning, and the means to make every death a "good death" at our time of greatest need.

Industry Reviews

"Until there is a law which would allow physicians to help people who want a Final Exit, here is Derek Humphry's book, fittingly named, to guide them."
--Betty Rollin, author of First, You Cry and Last Wish

"An honest, clear, compelling book."
--Dr. Frederick R. Abrams, physician and ethicist

Introductions
The Most Difficult Decisionp. 1
Shopping for the Right Doctorp. 9
Beware of the Lawp. 15
The Hospice Optionp. 23
The Cyanide Enigmap. 28
Death Hollywood Stylep. 36
Bizarre Ways to Diep. 41
The Dilemma of the Severely Handicappedp. 50
Self-Starvationp. 58
The Will to Die and "Miracle Cures"p. 63
Who Shall Know?p. 69
Life Insurancep. 73
After the Self-Deliverancep. 76
A Private Matter?p. 81
Psychological Support for the Dyingp. 87
Letters to Be Writtenp. 92
Going Together?p. 97
When Is the Time to Die?p. 101
How Do You Get the "Magic Pills"?p. 109
Storing Drugsp. 117
Death in the Family Carp. 121
Self-Deliverance Using a Plastic Bagp. 124
A Speedier Way: Inert Gasesp. 130
The Checklistp. 141
The Final Actp. 146
The Risky Drugsp. 157
Physician- and Non-Physician-Assisted Suicidep. 167
Glossary of Terms Connected with Dyingp. 175
Oregon's Death with Dignity Actp. 180
Current Laws on Voluntary Euthanasia and Assisted Suicidep. 197
A Living Will and Durable Power of Attorney for Health Carep. 198
Books to Readp. 209
Indexp. 211
Euthanasia Research & Guidance Organization (ERGO!)p. 221
About the Authorp. 225
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ISBN: 9780385336536
ISBN-10: 0385336535
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 6
Published: 1st November 2002
Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.3 x 13.5  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.2
Edition Number: 1

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