Preface;Dieter Birnbacher & Edgar Dahl;I. Physician-Assisted Suicide and Public Policy;Physician-Assisted Suicide and Public Policy-Gerald Dworkin;Slippery Slopes and Physician-Assisted Suicide -Neil Levy ;Physician-Assisted Suicide and the Medical Associations-Dieter Birnbacher;Safe, Legal, Rare? Physician-Assisted Suicide and Cultural Change in the Future-Margaret Pabst Battin;Palliative Options of Last Resort: A Comparison of Voluntarily Stopping Eating and Drinking, Terminal Sedation, Physician-Assisted Suicide, and Voluntary Active Euthanasia-Timothy E. Quill, Bernard Lo & Dan W. Brock;II. Physician-Assisted Suicide - An International Perspective;Physician-Assisted Suicide in Oregon-Linda Ganzini & Edgar Dahl;Physician-Assisted Suicide in the Netherlands and Belgium-John Griffiths;Physician-Assisted Suicide and the German Criminal Law-Gabriele Wolfslast;Physician-Assisted Death. An Australian Perspective-Alan Rothschild;Assisted Dying: The View from the United Kingdom-Sheila A. M. McLean; III. Physician-Assisted Suicide - Narratives from Professional and Personal Experience;Physician-Assisted Suicide: A Doctor's Perspective-Pieter Admiraal;Medically Assisted Suicide in Switzerland-Elke Baezner-Sailer;The European Convention on Human Rights Protects the Right of Suicide-Ludwig A. Minelli;
Notably in Switzerland and Germany, the attitudes of public bodies towards physician-assisted suicide are in a process of change, partly motivated by the wish to take the edge off the pressure for legalisation of active euthanasia. The present volume focuses on public policy issues related to physician-assisted suicide. It offers a detailed analysis of the current legal standing and practice of physician-assisted suicide in various countries and discusses the ethical principles underlying its legal and professional regulation. In addition, it contains a number of personal narratives by professionals who have for many years been involved in end-of-life issues.