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Death, Dying and the Law

Edited by Sheila McLean, International Bar Association Professor of Law and Ethics in Medicine and Director, Institute of Law and Ethics in Medicine, Glasgow University, UK.


February 1996   195 Pages   Hardback
1 85521 657 4   39.50


Issues surrounding the end of life, and in particular questions of patient choice, have seldom been so high on the legal, ethical and political agenda. This interest has both a UK and an international dimension. Death, Dying and the Law highlights the legal and ethical dilemmas surrounding this issue from a comparative perspective and draws some conclusions about the role of the doctor, the individual and the law-makers in this moral minefield.


CONTENTS:

Part I; Law and Ethics at the End of Life:
  • The Practitioner's View, Nicholas Pace
  • Managing Patients in a Persistent Vegetative State since Airedale NHS Trust v Bland, Bryan Jennett
  • Are Advance Directives Really the Answer? And What was the Question? Ann Sommerville
  • Law at the End of Life: What Next? Sheila McLean

    Part II; Safeguards for Physician-assisted Suicide:
  • The Oregon Death with Dignity Act, Cheryl Smith
  • Physician Assisted Suicide: A Social Science Perspective on International Trends, Barbara Logue
  • Voluntary Euthanasia: The Dutch Way, Pieter Admiraal
  • The Way Forward? Christopher Docker
  • Death and Dying: One Step at a Time? JK Mason


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