Assisted death : a study in ethics and law / L.W. Sumner

Author(s): Sumner, L. W
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Subjects: Euthanasia--Law and legislation
Assisted suicide--Law and legislation
Euthanasia--Moral and ethical aspects
Assisted suicide--Moral and ethical aspects
Formats: Print
Material Type: Books
Language: English
Audience: Unspecified
Published: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, c2011
LC Classification: K
Physical Description: xii, 236 p. ; 25 cm
Alternate Titles: Portion of title: Study in ethics and law
Notes: LCCN: 2011290903
ISBN: 9780199607983 (cloth : alk. paper)
ISBN: 0199607982 (cloth : alk. paper)
Includes bibliographical references (p. [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
OCLC Number: 713182487
ISBN/ISSN: 9780199607983
0199607982