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Seduced by Death : Doctors, Patients, and Assisted Suicide - Herbert Hendin

Seduced by Death

Doctors, Patients, and Assisted Suicide

Paperback Published: 1st April 1998
ISBN: 9780393317916
Number Of Pages: 304

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Few issues set off such impassioned debate as euthanasia and assisted suicide, but until now, no one has shown what their practice means in the actual experience of patients, doctors, and families.

Herbert Hendin has studied such experience in the United States and also in the Netherlands, where assisted suicide and euthanasia are accepted. Using interviews with leading medical and legal architects of Dutch practices, and evaluating actual cases, Dr. Hendin addresses the difficult questions: Who actually makes the decision that a patient will die? How do the needs and character of family, friends, and doctors affect the choice? Throughout the book and in his conclusion, Dr. Hendin shows what we can do to find better options for those facing the final phase of life.

"A powerful contribution to this debate." -- Charles E. Rosenberg - New York Times Book Review "Closely reasoned and exhaustively researched... Hendin's objections ... carry a bone-chilling conviction." -- Washington Post Book World "Starred Review. [An] important and alarming report." -- Publishers Weekly

Acknowledgmentsp. 9
Preface: A Victory for Patientsp. 11
Introductionp. 23
Suicide, Assisted Suicide, and Medical Illnessp. 31
Selling Suicidep. 39
Seduced by Deathp. 63
The Politics of Euthanasiap. 111
A Cure for Suicidep. 151
Why the Netherlands? Why the United States?p. 163
Theory and Practicep. 183
Who Should Decide? Coma and Dementiap. 215
Caring Beyond Curep. 229
Afterword: The Culture of Euthanasiap. 257
Referencesp. 269
Indexp. 295
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ISBN: 9780393317916
ISBN-10: 0393317919
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 1st April 1998
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.1 x 14.0  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.35
Edition Number: 2