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- Description'This book is a well-referenced review of the history of the societal debate, attempts at regulation, and the practice itself. In addition, it discusses important and insightful distinctions (active-passive; omission-commission; and, outcomes-intentions). The unique basis for their conclusion makes an outstanding contribution to the literature' - Robert D. Orr, MD, CM, Professor of Bioethics,at Loma Linda University, California, USA. How have Dutch debates on end-of-life care developed so differently from most other countries, finally resulting in the legalization of euthanasia? What are the relevant legal, medical and ethical dimensions of euthanasia and physician assisted suicide? What lessons can be learned from the Dutch experience with euthanasia? In all modern countries a good death and relief of suffering are important issues of public debate. The bioethical debate in the Netherlands is unique since it has been focusing on the issue of euthanasia for more than thirty years. This book describes the debate, explains its origins, and analyzes its development, resulting in the legislation of euthanasia. It also presents data on the medical practice of euthanasia with examples of cases. Death and Medical Power details the evolution as well as the complexities of the legal responses to physician involvement in euthanasia. The authors analyze the ethical debate concerning euthanasia, discussing the pros and cons of medical termination of human life. The book concludes with a section on the lessons to be learned from the Dutch experience. This unique study will be of relevance to all clinicians and other professionals involved in end-of-life care, to health policy makers and educators, as well as anybody else interested in the ethics of euthanasia.
- Author BiographyHenk ten Have studied medicine and philosophy. He has worked as professor of philosophy at the University of Maastricht and as professor of medical ethics in the University Medical Centre of Nijmegen, the Netherlands. He is currently Director of the Division of Ethics of Science and Technology of UNESCO, Paris, France. Jos Welie studied medicine, philosophy and law. He joined Henk ten Have at the University Medical Centre of Nijmegen in the early 1990s, but has resided and taught in the US since 1997, presently as professor of health policy and ethics at Creighton University's Center for Health Policy and Ethics in Omaha.
- Author(s)Henk Ten Have,Jos Welie
- PublisherOpen University Press
- Date of Publication01/05/2005
- LanguageEnglish & English
- SubjectMedicine: General
- Place of PublicationMilton Keynes
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintOpen University Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight418 g
- Width60 mm
- Height91 mm
- Spine6 mm
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