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Seduced by Death: Doctors, Patients, and Assisted Suicide (Revised and Updated Edition)

Seduced by Death: Doctors, Patients, and Assisted Suicide (Revised and Updated Edition)

A psychiatrist and world-famous authority on suicide offers a persuasive argument against legalizing assisted suicide in the United States.

Few issues set off such impassioned debate as euthanasia and assisted suicide, but until now, no one has shown what their practice means in the actual experience of patients, doctors, and families.

Herbert Hendin has studied such experience in the United States and also in the Netherlands, where assisted suicide and euthanasia are accepted. Using interviews with leading medical and legal architects of Dutch practices, and evaluating actual cases, Dr. Hendin addresses the difficult questions: Who actually makes the decision that a patient will die? How do the needs and character of family, friends, and doctors affect the choice? Throughout the book and in his conclusion, Dr. Hendin shows what we can do to find better options for those facing the final phase of life.

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  1. Matt Fabian said,

    Wrote on May 3, 2012 @ 10:15 pm

    3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Case study of euthanasia in the Netherlands, September 14, 2001
    By 
    Matt Fabian (Navasota, TEXAS United States) –
    (REAL NAME)
      

    This review is from: Seduced by Death: Doctors, Patients, and Assisted Suicide (Revised and Updated Edition) (Paperback)

    A must read for anyone interseted in the euthanasia bebate. Hendin went to the Netherlands and interviewed a number of key figures. He exposes the major problems the Dutch are having in regulating euthanasia. The paragraph below is an excellent summary of his findings:

    “The Netherlands has moved from assisted suicide to euthanasia, from euthanasia for people who are terminally ill to euthanasia for those who are chronically ill, from euthanasia for physical illness to euthanasia for psychological distress, from voluntary euthanasia to involuntary euthanasia The Dutch governments own commissioned research has documented that in more than one thousand cases a year, doctors actively cause or hasten death without the patients request.”

    Hendin looks at the issue from ethical, political, and practical viewpoints. He also looks at the why the U.S. could possible be the next country to legalize euthanasia.

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