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  • Paperback: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (25 April 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521009332
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521009331
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.9 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 145,879 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'… undoubtedly one of the most comprehensive critiques of euthanasia and, serves as a necessary counterbalance to the growing number of pro-euthanasia contributions. … Lawyers and non-lawyers alike with an interest in end-of-life issues will therefore find this a stimulating addition to their undoubtedly well-stocked libraries.' New Law Journal

'John Keown's informed and powerful argument against euthanasia features both an excellent exposition of its pitfalls and a strong confrontation with a question that remains controversial abroad: Are there circumstances in which withdrawal of treatment should be considered euthanasia? The power of Keown's argument holds your interest while making you think. The lucidity of Keown's logic make this book a provocative and important contribution to the ethical and public policy issues involved in end-of-life care.' The Hastings Center Report

'… the latest offering from John Keown … succeeds admirably, rewarding anyone who takes the time to chew through it carefully with food for thought to titillate even the most refined intellectual palate … The reader … having taken the trouble to read Euthanasia, Ethics and Public Policy shall undoubtedly be better informed … Keown has produced a well-structured, deeply ethically penetrating analysis of the issues, which also manages to be a thoroughly stimulating read. the book is to be welcomed as a most significant contribution to the debate.' Medical Law Review

'Keown's clarity of thought explodes myths and beats an accessible path through a detailed jungle of morality and social history.' British Medical Journal

'Keown … has produced what is the best book in print on the case against the legalisation of euthanasia.' The Tablet

'… written in a moderate and reasoned tone and in a manner easily understood whether you are a health care professional, lawyer, politician or just an interested member of the public … required reading for anyone who intends to make a public statement in the euthanasia debate.' Roger Woodruff, International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care Newsletter

'A veritable tour de force through the controversies apparent in the modern euthanasia debate … reads easily and coherently. … it really does offer a comprehensive ethical and legal analysis of the main arguments from both sides of the debate.' Bulletin of Medical Ethics

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How cogent is the 'slippery slope' objection to the issue of whether voluntary euthanasia is permissible? Is it reasonable to argue that patients who did not make a free and informed request would be killed? This lucid introduction to this question will interest all on both sides of the debate.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By R. Woodruff on 7 May 2004
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As indicated by the subtitle, this book is unashamedly against the legalization of euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide, but it is written in a moderate and reasoned tone and in a manner easily understood whether you are a health care professional, lawyer, politician or just an interested member of the public.
Keown first explores the inexactitudes and ambiguities that abound in the euthanasia debate, and then dissects the arguments for and against. The second pat of the book is an in-depth assessment of the practices in The Netherlands, the Northern Territory of Australia, and the U.S. State of Oregon, and includes a clear illumination of the inadequacy of the much-vaunted legal safeguards against abuse. It is to be hoped that Cambridge University Press will invite Keown to prepare an up-dated edition as more information and data becomes available from The Netherlands and Oregon. The third part of the book critically reviews the findings of various expert committees, associations and the courts.
By no means everyone will agree with the conclusions and opinions expressed in this book, but it should be required reading for anyone who intends to make a public statement in the euthanasia debate.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Required Reading 7 May 2004
By R. Woodruff - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As indicated by the subtitle, this book is unashamedly against the legalization of euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide, but it is written in a moderate and reasoned tone and in a manner easily understood whether you are a health care professional, lawyer, politician or just an interested member of the public.
Keown first explores the inexactitudes and ambiguities that abound in the euthanasia debate, and then dissects the arguments for and against. The second pat of the book is an in-depth assessment of the practices in The Netherlands, the Northern Territory of Australia, and the U.S. State of Oregon, and includes a clear illumination of the inadequacy of the much-vaunted legal safeguards against abuse. It is to be hoped that Cambridge University Press will invite Keown to prepare an up-dated edition as more information and data becomes available from The Netherlands and Oregon. The third part of the book critically reviews the findings of various expert committees, associations and the courts.
By no means everyone will agree with the conclusions and opinions expressed in this book, but it should be required reading for anyone who intends to make a public statement in the euthanasia debate.
Roger Woodruff
Director of Palliative Care, Austin Health, Melbourne, Australia
Past Chairman, International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
At last! 24 May 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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At last there is a book that covers this contentious and complex topic in an easy-to-understand manner without over-simplification or devaluing the importance of the subject. Dr Keown has succeeded in writing a book that engages the reader with the issues involved, whilst ensuring that the non-expert is not left adrift. I would strongly recommend this book to everyone.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
At last! 23 May 2002
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At last an easy-to-understand summary of the facts and opinions surrounding this contentious issue. Dr Keown presents the information in a manner accessible to non-experts without devaluing the accademic worth of the subject. I strongly recommend you buy this outstanding book.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
At last! 23 May 2002
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At last there has been a book published which is not just well written, but also informative, interesting, topical and relevant. I would advise anybody with an interest in the subject to buy the book. You do not need to be an expert; all the information is presented in an easy-to-understand manner, without devaluing the accademic value of the book.
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I still haven't received this book yet. I've been waiting for about 4 weeks and I haven't been able to find a place in the Amazon website to complain about it so I'm doing it here.

Thanks Amazon. Great work.
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