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Author Ball, Howard, 1937- author

Title At liberty to die : the battle for death with dignity in America / Howard Ball
Published New York : New York University Press, [2012]
©2012

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Description 1 online resource (x, 229 pages)
Contents The changing nature of death in America -- The plight of the incompetent patient in a "permanent vegetative state" (PVS) -- Terri Schiavo's tragic odyssey, 1990-2005 -- What freedom do we have to die with dignity? The U.S. Supreme Court decides, 1997 -- The second path to PAD : passing legislation allowing death with dignity -- The pioneering PAD states : Oregon and Washington -- America's transplants
Summary "Over the past hundred years, average life expectancy in America has nearly doubled, due largely to scientific and medical advances, but also as a consequence of safer working conditions, a heightened awareness of the importance of diet and health, and other factors. Yet while longevity is celebrated as an achievement in modern civilization, the longer people live, the more likely they are to succumb to chronic, terminal illnesses. In 1900, the average life expectancy was 47 years, with a majority of American deaths attributed to influenza, tuberculosis, pneumonia, or other diseases. In 2000, the average life expectancy was nearly 80 years, and for too many people, these long lifespans included cancer, heart failure, Lou Gehrig's Disease, AIDS, or other fatal illnesses, and with them, came debilitating pain and the loss of a once-full and often independent lifestyle. In this compelling and provocative book, noted legal scholar Howard Ball poses the pressing question: is it appropriate, legally and ethically, for a competent individual to have the liberty to decide how and when to die when faced with a terminal illness? At Liberty to Die charts how, the right of a competent, terminally ill person to die on his or her own terms with the help of a doctor has come deeply embroiled in debates about the relationship between religion, civil liberties, politics, and law in American life. Exploring both the legal rulings and the media frenzies that accompanied the Terry Schiavo case and others like it, Howard Ball contends that despite raging battles in all the states where right to die legislation has been proposed, the opposition to the right to die is intractable in its stance. Combining constitutional analysis, legal history, and current events, Ball surveys the constitutional arguments that have driven the right to die debate"--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes English
Online resource; title from electronic title page (ebrary, viewed on May 6, 2015)
Subject Umschulungswerkstätten für Siedler und Auswanderer Bitterfeld
Right to die -- Law and legislation -- United States
Assisted suicide -- Law and legislation -- United States
Euthanasia -- Law and legislation -- United States
Loss of consciousness.
Suicide.
Medical care.
Brain -- Diseases.
Human rights.
Social problems.
Central nervous system -- Diseases.
Therapeutics.
Sociology.
National health services.
Social control.
Neurologic manifestations of general diseases.
Nervous system -- Diseases.
Social sciences.
Human behavior.
Diseases.
Euthanasia.
Right to die.
Persistent vegetative state.
Assisted suicide.
Terminal Care
Homicide
Patient Rights
Unconsciousness
Suicide
Brain Damage, Chronic
Patient Care
Self-Injurious Behavior
Brain Diseases
Human Rights
Consciousness Disorders
Social Problems
Central Nervous System Diseases
Neurobehavioral Manifestations
Therapeutics
Behavioral Symptoms
Sociology
Health Services
Social Control, Formal
Neurologic Manifestations
Analytical, Diagnostic and Therapeutic Techniques and Equipment
Health Care Facilities, Manpower, and Services
Health Care Economics and Organizations
Nervous System Diseases
Social Sciences
Behavior
Delivery of Health Care
Disease
Signs and Symptoms
Anthropology, Education, Sociology and Social Phenomena
Behavior and Behavior Mechanisms
Pathological Conditions, Signs and Symptoms
Psychiatry and Psychology
Euthanasia
Right to Die
Persistent Vegetative State
Suicide, Assisted
suicides.
social issues.
sociology.
social sciences.
human behavior.
treating (health care function)
LAW -- Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice.
LAW -- General.
Therapeutics
Suicide
Sociology
Social sciences
Social problems
Social control
Right to die
Persistent vegetative state
Neurologic manifestations of general diseases
Nervous system -- Diseases
National health services
Medical care
Loss of consciousness
Human rights
Human behavior
Euthanasia
Diseases
Central nervous system -- Diseases
Brain -- Diseases
Assisted suicide
Assisted suicide -- Law and legislation
Euthanasia -- Law and legislation
Right to die -- Law and legislation
Recht auf Leben
Sterbehilfe
Menschenwürde
Alter.
Sterbehilfe.
Selbstmord.
Freiheitsrecht.
Regions & Countries - Europe.
History & Archaeology.
Balkan Peninsula.
Law - U.S.
Law, Politics & Government.
Medical & Hospital Legislation - U.S.
Rätten att dö -- Förenta staterna.
United States
USA.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2011052258
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