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The Resource A concise history of euthanasia : life, death, God, and medicine, Ian Dowbiggin

A concise history of euthanasia : life, death, God, and medicine, Ian Dowbiggin

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A concise history of euthanasia : life, death, God, and medicine
Title
A concise history of euthanasia
Title remainder
life, death, God, and medicine
Statement of responsibility
Ian Dowbiggin
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"In this first book to explore euthanasia worldwide since classical antiquity, Ian Dowbiggin exposes the many disturbing themes that link present and past in the concept of the right to die. His deeply informed history traces the controversial record of "mercy killing," a source of heated debate among doctors and laypeople alike. Dowbiggin examines evolving opinions about what constitutes a good death, taking into account the societal and religious values placed on sin, suffering, resignation, judgment, penance, and redemption. He also examines the bitter struggle between those who advocate for the right to compassionate and effective end-of-life care and those who justify euthanasia by defining human life in terms of biological criteria, utilitarian standards, a faith in science, humane medical treatment, the principle of personal autonomy, or individual human rights. The author considers both the influence of technological and behavioral changes in the practice of medicine and the public's surprising lack of awareness of death's many clinical and biological dimensions." "Dowbiggin reminds us that the stakes in the struggle are enormously high, with the lives of countless vulnerable people hanging in the balance. His provocative historical perspective is indispensable for patients, families, governments, and the medical community debating when it is time to let go of life. Bound to spark controversy, this book takes issue with the right to die movement over the question of legalizing either assisted suicide or lethal injection and raises profound personal and collective questions on the future of euthanasia."--Jacket
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1952-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Dowbiggin, Ian Robert
Dewey number
179.7
Index
index present
LC call number
R726
LC item number
.D688 2005
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
NLM call number
WB 60
NLM item number
D744c 2005
Series statement
Critical issues in history
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Euthanasia
  • Euthanasia
  • Euthanasia
  • Religion and Medicine
  • Right to Die
Label
A concise history of euthanasia : life, death, God, and medicine, Ian Dowbiggin
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction. A question of values -- 1. Obedient unto death -- 2. This troublesome shore -- 3. Method of escape -- 4. A higher morality? -- 5. In God we trust -- 6. Collision course -- 7. Cradle and grave
Control code
57494087
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
vii, 163 pages
Isbn
9780742531109
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2005001704
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Label
A concise history of euthanasia : life, death, God, and medicine, Ian Dowbiggin
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction. A question of values -- 1. Obedient unto death -- 2. This troublesome shore -- 3. Method of escape -- 4. A higher morality? -- 5. In God we trust -- 6. Collision course -- 7. Cradle and grave
Control code
57494087
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
vii, 163 pages
Isbn
9780742531109
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2005001704
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

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