Physician Assisted Suicide is a cross-disciplinary collection of essays from philosophers, physicians, theologians, social scientists, lawyers and economists. As the first book to consider the implications of the Supreme Court decisions in Washington v. Glucksburg and Vacco v. Quill concerning physician-assisted suicide from a variety of perspectives, this collection advances informed, reflective, vigorous public debate.

part 1|64 pages

Conceptual Issues

chapter 1|17 pages

Meanings of Death

chapter 3|10 pages

Physician–Assisted Suicide

Safe, Legal, Rare?

part 2|89 pages

Considering Those at Risk

chapter 4|16 pages

Assisted Suicide

Are the Elderly a Special Case?

chapter 6|10 pages

Why Suicide Is Like Contraception

A Woman-Centered View

chapter 8|16 pages

Protecting the Innocents from Physician-Assisted Suicide

Disability Discrimination and the Duty to Protect Otherwise Vulnerable Groups

part 3|60 pages

Considering the Practice of Medicine

chapter 11|5 pages

Physician, Stay Thy Hand!

chapter 12|21 pages

An Alternative to Physician-Assisted Suicide

A Conceptual and Moral Analysis

chapter 13|20 pages

Not in the House

Arguments for a Policy of Excluding Physician-Assisted Suicide from the Practice of Hospital Medicine

part 4|100 pages

Considering the Impact of Legalization

chapter 14|27 pages

Physician-Assisted Suicide

To Decriminalize or to Legalize, That Is the Question

chapter 15|15 pages

From Intention to Consent

Learning from Experience with Euthanasia

chapter 17|22 pages

Physician-Assisted Suicide

A Tragic View

chapter 18|11 pages

The Supreme Court and Terminal Sedation

An Ethically Inferior Alternative to Physician-Assisted Suicide

chapter 19|11 pages

Would Physician-Assisted Suicide Save the Healthcare System Money?

(Or, Is Jack Kevorkian Doing All of Us a Favor?)

part 5|50 pages

Considering Religious Perspectives

chapter 21|13 pages

Christian Perspectives on Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia

The Anglican Tradition

chapter 22|15 pages

A Protestant Perspective on Ending Life

Faithfulness in the Face of Death

chapter 23|11 pages

Jewish Deliberations on Suicide

Exceptions, Toleration, and Assistance