For many, legalities surrounding death and dying are not confronted until they appear. The books presented here cover topics as divergent as physician-assisted suicide and the right-to-die movement and the legal aspects of burial.
Physician-Assisted Death: What Everyone Needs to Know by L.W. Sumner
Publication Date: 2017-09-14
The issue of physician-assisted death is now firmly on the American public agenda. In Physician-Assited Death, Sumner equips readers with everything they need to know to take a reasoned and informed position in this important debate.The book provides needed context for the debate by situating physician-assisted death within the wider framework of end-of-life care and explaining why the movement to legalize it now enjoys such strong public support. The book concludes by considering the various possible routes to legalization, both political and judicial. Readers will then be prepared to decide for themselves just where they stand when they confront the issue both in their own jurisdiction and in their own lives.
Human remains occupy an uneasy position in U.S. law. A human cadaver is no longer a person, but neither is it an object to be easily discarded. What, if anything, must be done with human remains? What cannot be done with human remains? What should be done with human remains? Before we can critique the law of human remains, we must first understand what the law is.
In "The Law of Human Remains," Tanya Marsh, a nationally recognized expert in the law of human remains and cemetery law, collects, organizes, and states the legal rules and principles regarding the status, treatment, and disposition of human remains in the United States so that attorneys and courts can more easily discover, understand, use, and ultimately critique and reform the law.
Filmmaker Peter Richardson gently enters the lives of the terminally ill as they consider whether--and when--to end their lives by lethal overdose. Richardson examines both sides of the complex, emotionally charged issue. What emerges is a life-affirming, staggeringly powerful portrait of what it means to die with dignity.
Frontline explores the underground world of assisted suicide and takes viewers inside one of the most polarizing social issues of our time -- told not only by the people choosing to die, but also by their 'assisters,' individuals and right-to-die organizations that put themselves in legal jeopardy by helping others to die.
This volume chronicles not only a human corpse's physical state but also its legal and moral status, including what rights, if any, the corpse possesses. The author outlines the limits that post-mortem "human dignity" poses upon disposal options, particularly the use of a cadaver or its parts in educational or artistic displays.
Easeful Death sets out straightforwardly the arguments for and against the legalization of assisted suicide and euthanasia. Exploring the philosophical and legal debates as well as the medical practicalities of this sensitive issue, the authors ultimately conclude that the law should embrace a more compassionate approach to assisted dying.
Dealing with Death is a comprehensive and authoritative source of information for professionals on the procedures, laws and cultural customs that should be observed when someone dies. This completely updated and expanded second edition takes into account changes in UK law and the impact of the Harold Shipman and Alder Hey enquiries.
Physician-Assisted Dying: The Case for Palliative Care and Patient Choice by Timothy E. Quill (Editor); Margaret P. Battin (Editor)
Publication Date: 2004-10-13
Physician-assisted dying is one of the most controversial issues facing doctors, lawmakers, and patients today. This volume includes a case for the legalization of physician-assisted death for those that are terminally ill and who voluntarily request it.
Dying Right: The Death with Dignity Movement by Daniel Hillyard & John Dombrink
Publication Date: 2001-07-09
This book provides an overview of the history behind why and how Oregon legalized physician-assisted suicide, as well as an analysis for the future. There is discussion in regards to the question of how to balance a patient's sense of the right way to die, the healers role in that and the state's interest in preventing killing.
Dr. McKhann presents the case for rational suicide, comparing a failed suicide attempt in the United States with a planned death in the Netherlands and illustrating the differences in approach and attitudes. He describes the forms of physician assistance already taking place and acknowledges the physician's personal and professional concerns. And he reflects on relevant religious, moral, legal, and public-policy issues that are currently so widely debated.
As society faces the repercussions of assisted life and death, the news tells of legal battles over frozen embryos and doctors prosecuted after patients' suicide. Palmer argues society should not turn to law and science to determine such intimate matters as how our children are born and how we die.
Dying and Death in Law and Medicine: A Forensic Primer for Health and Legal Professionals by Arthur S. Berger
Publication Date: 1992-12-10
Although health professionals can be adequately informed about legal aspects of different areas of medicine and nursing, they may not have a full understanding of the law applicable to cases regarding dying patients. This book allows for the discussion of bringing together all laws about death and dying.