A Good Death

A Good Death

Making the Most of Our Final Choices

Book - 2016
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We can't avoid death, but the prospect is a lot less terrifying since the Supreme Court of Canada legalized physician-assisted death. Competent adults, suffering grievously from intolerable medical conditions, will have the right to ask for a doctor's help in ending their lives. The challenge now is to pass legislation that reflects this landmark decision and develop regulations that reconcile the Charter rights of both doctors and patients. If we get the balance right between compassion for the suffering and protection of the vulnerable, between individual choice and social responsibility, we can set an example for the world. In taking on our ultimate human right, journalist Sandra Martin charts the history of the right to die movement here and abroad through the personal stories of brave campaigners like Sue Rodriguez, Brittany Maynard and Gloria Taylor. The evidence from permissive jurisdictions such as the Netherlands, Oregon, California, Switzerland and Quebec and the author's own intellectual and emotional journey through the tangled legal, medical, religious and political documentation concerning terminal sedation, slippery slopes, and the sanctity of life. A Good Death confronts our fears about dying, our struggle for meaning, and our dread of being trapped by voracious medical technology in a nightmare world that has abandoned caring in pursuit of curing, no matter the cost or the suffering to patients and their families. A Good Death asks the tough question: How do we want to die?
Publisher: Toronto, Ont. : Patrick Crean Editions, an imprint of HarperCollins Canada, 2016
Description: 386 p. ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9781443435963
Branch Call Number: 179.7 Mar


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ser_library Nov 23, 2016

a surprisingly positive book on a complex subject which covers the Canadian situation with international comparisons. well written too.

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