Euthanasia: a reference handbook by Jennifer Fecio McDougall

By Jennifer Fecio McDougall

Except for the Oregon dying with Dignity Act, there are not any U.S. legislation that permit physicians to help sufferers in hastening loss of life. many that help physician-assisted suicide ask, Г’Why not?Г“ in spite of everything, the Netherlands allows either euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide, and polls recommend that many americans wish that selection to be had to them.

Euthanasia: A Reference guide, moment variation explores that question via a balanced, considerate dialogue of the felony, clinical, and religious parts of end-of-life questions. What are the aptitude pitfalls of legalizing assisted suicide? How can the charges of a lingering demise effect an uninsured kinfolk? How might physician-assisted suicide effect healthcare expenditures? via its goal exploration of those concerns, in addition to its ancient and overseas standpoint, this quantity is helping readers resolution the tricky questions on the topic of the top of life.

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Nancy Snyderman, writing in Good Housekeeping, explains how her own experience as a patient made those issues clear in a way that she has remembered throughout her medical career: The doctor-patient relationship is a sensitive one, requiring respect and openness on both sides. ’s are only human. But today—with managed care and a climate of diminished time, privacy erosion, and information onslaught—the relationship has become strained. I feel lucky that when I was a young doctor, I was given an inside look into the world of a patient: I was misdiagnosed with a rare cancer.

They cite a “recent multicenter survey of outpatients,” which found that “in the setting of dying,” a majority would appreciate physician inquiries about their religion and would welcome the opportunity to engage in silent prayer. They also state that half of the patients in the survey responded affirmatively to a question about whether the physician should pray with them. Noting that “generic, one-size-fits-all spirituality is inadequate, especially for those patients who are devoutly religious,” they ask the best way for a physician to respond to the religious concerns of a patient.

The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) is a “religious organization in the United States” which was formed when the Universalist Church of America merged with the American Unitarian Association in May 1961 (Encyclopedia Brittanica Micropædia 2003, 137). com ABC-CLIO 1-800-368-6868 Examining the Issue 25 abuses by those who would hasten death contrary to an individual’s desires; • That Unitarian Universalists, acting through their congregations, memorial societies, and appropriate organizations, inform and petition legislators to support legislation that will create legal protection for the right to die with dignity, in accordance with one’s own choice (General Assembly of Unitarian Universalists, 1988 Proceedings, 74).

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