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The Least Worst Death : Essays in Bioethics on the End of Life - Margaret Pabst Battin

The Least Worst Death

Essays in Bioethics on the End of Life

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Published: 17th February 1994
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Engagingly written by one of the foremost experts on issues involving death and dying, this book offers insight into the controversial and often difficult topics of withdrawing and withholding care, euthanasia, and suicide. An extensive introduction identifies the principal ethical issues, and the book explores such dilemmas as rationing health care for the elderly, whether there is a "duty to die," counseling in rational suicide, the risks of abuse with active euthanasia, religious views about suicide, whether suicide can be understood as a fundamental human right, and others. It also examines the differing practices of Holland and Germany in ending life. Exploring the dilemmas raised by contemporary medicine concerning the way die, and collecting under one cover a myriad of crucial elements involving one of the most inflammatory issues of our time, The Least Worst Death presents a timely, international analysis for anyone interested in bioethics or medical and applied ethics.

"There is no one more qualified to serve as a guide to the assessment of the moral issues raised by this turn in the debate than Margaret Pabst Battin. 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. Battin's extremely useful and impressive book ought to remain the subject of the classroom and not the legislative hearing room."--Ethics "Battin's essays are thoughtful, pertinent, detailed, and well-written. She has made a solid contribution to the growing field of bioethics. I recommend her book to anyone who is a serious student of right-to-die questions in their various forms."--Disability Studies Quarterly "...a great deal of useful information and analysis...Margaret Pabst Battin has been an important contributor to the academic and professional debate about bioethical issues in death and dying."--Death Studies "Margaret Battin shows a tremendous grasp of the issues at stake...The Least Worst Death is written clearly and concisely....Many could stand to benefit from the thorough consideration Battin gives to so many aspects of how we die today."--Last Rights "Battin does an exemplary job... The combination of command of the facts, philosophical reasoning, and outspoken advocacy makes for lively and engaging writing from which the reader emerges always better informed, intellectually challenged, and not infrequently perturbed."--Medical Humanities Review "A very useful book for an elective course on options at the end of life. Chapters on suicide are particularly useful."--Joy Skeel, Medical College of Ohio "A very interesting volume."--Robert P. Tucker, Florida Southern College "An important collection of essays."--Michael A. Grodin, Boston University "Exploring the dilemmas raised by contemporary medicine concerning the way we die, it presents a philosophical analysis for anyone interested in bioethics or medical and applied ethics."--Issues in Law & Medicine "Margaret Pabst Battin is one of the most intelligent of writers on medical ethics, and this collection of her essays proves a provocative pleasure to read."--Studies in Christian Ethics

Introduction. The Politics of Dying: Current Ferment and Background Philosophical Issues I. Withdrawing and Withholding Care 1: The Least Worst Death 2: The Eclipse of Altruism: The Moral Price of Deciding for Others 3: Is There a Duty to Die?: Age-Rationing and the Just Distribution of Health Care 4: Dying in 559 Beds: Efficiency, "Best Buys," and the Ethics of Standardization in National Health Care II. Euthanasia 5: Euthansia: The Fundamental Issues 6: A Dozen Caveats Concerning the Discussion of Euthanasia in the Netherlands 7: Fiction as Forecast: Euthanasia in Alzheimer's Disease? 8: Voluntary Euthanasia and the Risk of Abuse III. Suicide 9: Suicide: The Basic Issues 10: Manipulated Suicide 11: Prohibition and Invitation: The Paradox of Religious Views about Suicide 12: Assisted Suicide: Can We Learn from Germany 13: Suicide: A Fundamental Human Right?

ISBN: 9780195082654
ISBN-10: 0195082656
Series: Monographs in Epidemiology and
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 17th February 1994
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.24  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.45