Last Rights by Barbara J. Logue
Death Control and the Elderly in America (Lexington Books Series on Social Issues)

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Several recent trends - demographic, social, and economic - are increasing the incidence and public support of deliberate death among the old and sick. Barbara Logue examines this trend and its ethical implications, describing hazards inherent in our present long-term care system, noting that all too often the system causes suffering instead of alleviating it. After assessing the alternatives, she urges that we must make compassionate death control as available as birth control. We must regulate and monitor it like any other medical procedure, taking steps to minimize the risks while maximizing the benefits.

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Published January 1, 1993 by Lexington Books/Macmillan. 372 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Professional & Technical, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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She's confident, however, that the risks can be minimized with proper legislation, and that just as we have done away with back-alley abortions, so can we do away with ``back-alley euthanasia.'' Opponents of death control will argue that the risks are inadequately explored here, but if Logue's go...

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This broad, complex look at the rights of the dying offers an unusually rich account of its subject.

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