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A Chosen Death: The Dying Confront Assisted Suicide Paperback – April 16, 1998


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 245 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; Reprint edition (April 16, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520212924
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520212923
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,650,244 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Shavelson, an emergency-room physician and photojournalist in Berkeley, Calif., advocates physician-assisted suicide as an option for people who want to end the agony of a prolonged illness-but only after all other options, including hospice care, have been explored. He describes how he helped a friend commit suicide to shorten her struggle with terminal brain cancer. He also tells of his involvement in other cases of euthanasia, either as passive observer or as adviser to people who chose to end their lives and to their troubled families. These include a gay circus trapeze perfomer afflicted with AIDS; a quadriplegic frustrated in his quest for romantic love; and mystery writer Mary Bowen Hall, a victim of metastatic breast cancer. Shavelson's graphic photographs of his subjects at various stages of their ordeals add an unusually immediate dimension to this sensitive, helpful guide.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From The New England Journal of Medicine

"The personality and varied talents of the author as journalist, photographer, and physician (are evident in this remarkable book, which presents moving and thought-provoking accounts of assisted death. . . . Shavelson challenges the simplistic thinking characteristic of much of the debate on this subject."

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 11, 1996
Format: Hardcover
Dr. Lonny Shavelson offers a powerful, wonderful, and rare
insight into the medicalization of death in America. He
chronicles several terminally ill individuals and their
attempts to die with dignity. I couldn't put the book down.
Courbet Anderson, Gerontologist
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 18, 1995
Format: Hardcover
The author is a physician who followed several cases of
dying persons who from the onset of their terminal illnesses
expressed a desire to commit suicide towards the end.
Dr.Shavelson tracked these cases over 3-4 years and records
the medical and emotional roller-coaster the patients
went through. The best examination on a personal basis
of assisted suicide so far published.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Ann Sinkey on April 27, 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is one of the finest books in this genre. Stories about real people and the caring doctor who befriended them, tended them and saw to their final wishes. Highly recommended!

Betsy S.
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