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Author Sumner, L. W.
Title Assisted death : a study in ethics and law / L.W. Sumner.
Publication Info. Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, [2011]
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 Law Classified  K5178 .S86 2011    ---  AVAILABLE
Description xii, 236 pages ; 25 cm
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [217]-232) and index.
Contents pt. 1. Ethics. Consent and refusal ; Indirect death ; Death by request ; Deciding for others -- pt. 2. Law. The legal landscape ; From prohibition to regulation ; Epilogue.
Summary "Ethical and legal issues concerning physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia are very much on the public agenda in many jurisdictions. In this timely book L.W. Sumner addresses these issues within the wider context of palliative care for patients in the dying process. His ethical conclusion is that a bright line between assisted death and other widely accepted end-of-life practices, including the withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment, pain control through high-dose opioids, and terminal sedation, cannot be justified. In the course of the ethical argument many familiar themes are given careful and thorough treatment: conceptions of death, the badness of death, the wrongness of killing, informed consent and refusal, the ethics of suicide, cause of death, the double effect, the sanctity of life, the 'active/passive' distinction, advance directives, and nonvoluntary euthanasia. The legal discussion opens with a survey of some prominent prohibitionist and regulatory regimes and then outlines a model regulatory policy for assisted death. Sumner concludes by defending this policy against a wide range of common objections, including those which appeal to slippery slopes or the possibility of abuse, and by asking how the transition to a regulatory regime might be managed in three common law prohibitionist jurisdictions"--Provided by publisher.
Subject Euthanasia -- Law and legislation.
Assisted suicide -- Law and legislation.
Euthanasia -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Assisted suicide -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Added Title Study in ethics and law
ISBN 9780199607983 cloth alkaline paper
0199607982 cloth alkaline paper