David Thomasma, PhD
Thomasma D.; Drug Use in Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia. Ann Intern Med. 1997;127:335-336. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-127-4-199708150-00024
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1997;127(4):335-336.
Drug Use in Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia
Battin MP, Lipman AG, eds. 360 pages. New York: Haworth Pr; 1996. $49.95. ISBN 1560248149. Order phone 800-342-9678.
Field of medicine: Medical ethics.
Format: Hardcover book.
Audience: Practitioners, end-of-life specialists, ethicists, public policy specialists, and health lawyers.
Purpose: To provide a rational approach to an emotional issue and to truly consider the strengths and weaknesses of arguments about assisted suicide and euthanasia.
Content: The first of four sections examines ethical and institutional policy issues and is composed of chapters by a physician-ethicist, a pharmacist, and nurses. The second section focuses on the dying patient, with particular attention to AIDS. The third section examines legal and regulatory issues in euthanasia and assisted suicide, and the fourth contains five chapters on drug use in the practice of assisted suicide. The book concludes with two unique and helpful features: 1) reprints of position statements and commentaries from the major professional organizations and 2) case discussions.
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