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Controversy should erupt anew when Humphry's suicide manual for the terminally ill, newly revised and expanded, tries to match in paper the successes that it enjoyed in cloth, including 18 weeks on PW's bestseller list.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Dell; 2nd edition (March 10, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440507855
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440507857
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #330,163 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Derek Humphry was born in Bath, England, 04.29.1930 and brought up in a broken family. Despite a poor education, further damaged by six years of war, Derek determined to become a writer. Starting as a newspaper messenger boy on the Yorkshire Post at 15, he worked his way up as a reporter on the Bristol Evening World, the Manchester Evening News to the London Daily Mail, the London Sunday Times and finally the Los Angeles Times.

Always an advocacy journalist, Derek wrote books on race relations, police corruption and a biography of Michael X. For 'Because They're Black' he won the Martin Luther King Memorial Prize.

When the wife to whom he had been married for 22 years developed inoperable cancer, he nursed her for two years until she asked him to help her die. Close to the end, Jean chose to end her life with lethal drugs to avoid further suffering. In time, he married again and moved to America.

Derek published in l978 a little book Jean's Way describing Jean's final years and his part in helping her to die peacefully. It became a bestseller and was translated into major languages.

The public response to the book caused him to start the Hemlock Society USA in 1980 from his garage in Santa Monica. Hemlock's purpose was to help people in similar situations as Jean's and also to reform the laws to permit physician-assisted suicide.

Jean's chosen way of dying prefigured the laws later passed for physician-assisted suicide by prescription. 'Jean's Way' (1978-) helped change the debate from 'voluntary euthanasia' to the acceleration of death by a terminal patient choosing to drink a prescribed lethal potion. Such laws are now (2014) in place in Oregon, Washington, Montana and Vermont.

Derek built Hemlock into a national organization, with 40,000 members and 80 chapters. In l991 he wrote 'Final Exit' - a 'how-to' book for the dying to bring their suffering to an end if they chose. To much surprise, it became a #1 bestseller within six months. It was translated into 12 languages. Random House keeps the 3rd edition of 'Final Exit' in print in 2014, and it is still in print in Spanish and Italian. USA TODAY in 2007 chose it as one of the most significant books of the past 25 years.

His latest book is a memoir --'Good Life, Good Death' -- covering 79 years of an eventful life -- ranging from an unusual childhood in a broken home, a father in prison, a mother who ran away to Australia, then experiencing an ugly war which started when he was nine. The book relates his remarkable experiences in journalism, outstanding interviews with famous people, and his struggle against racism. Derek immigrated to the USA at age 48.

The second half of the memoir deals with his impact on the right to die movement in America, starting and building the Hemlock Society for 12 years, and pioneering the Oregon Death With Dignity Act (l994), the first such assisted dying law in North America. (His memoir can be read on Kindle)

Proud to be a paperback writer, Derek has published 13 books in 40 years. Only two have been hardbacks.

Derek is president of the nonprofit Euthanasia Research & Guidance Organization (ERGO), which he founded in 1993. He is also a co-founder and chairman of the advisory board of the Final Exit Network (2004 successor to the now defunct Hemlock Society, which lasted 1980-2003) and an adviser to the World Federation of Right to Die Societies, of which he was president 1986-88..

Although unlettered himself, Derek has been a guest lecturer at Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, USC, UCLA, University of Michigan, University of Chicago, and other universities.

In his book "A Merciful End: The Euthanasia Movement in Modern America,' Ian Dowbiggin writes: "Humphry ranks as one of the preeminent pioneers of the American euthanasia movement." (OUP. 2003. Page 149).

In their book 'Dying Right', the authors Daniel Hillyard and John Dombrink write: "Derek Humphry is widely acknowledged to be the initiatior of the euthanasia reform movement in the United States." (Routledge NY 2001. Page 82.) The PBS FRONTLINE TV documentary program in January 2013 described him as being "regarded as the father of modern right-to-die movement."

In John Sutherland's anthology "Curiosities of Literature", Derek's books are discussed at pages 141, 248 and 249. (Arrow Books 2008)

A citizen of the USA and UK, he lived in Los Angeles l978-88 and since then in western Oregon. He has been married to Gretchen (nee Crocker) since l991.

In 2014 Derek Humphry was given the World Federation of Right To Die Societies "Lifetime Achievement Award" for 'contributing so much, so long and so courageously to our right to a peaceful death.'

The award was presented by world president Faye Girsh at the 20th international conference in Chicago on 9/19/2014.

[Update: 31 July 2015]

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337 of 354 people found the following review helpful By Betti Trapp on April 16, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is not a book telling you to commit suicide. So many people felt lives would not have been lost without this book. This is wrong. A suicidal person will always find a way. This is a book that is intended to help the terminally ill who need an easy passing. Try to imagine yourself, suffering, in unbearable agony, your own suffering making all of your loved ones hearts break a little daily, no end in sight, just the knowledge that if you sleep at all, when you wake, the agony will continue, not just for you but for everyone. Often, too often, doctors will limit and provide dosages of pain relief that are inadequate, because there are times when the pain is untouchable by modern drugs. Ask yourself: Will your loved ones suffer more after your death than they are now? THAT, dear readers, is what this book means. It offers a glimmer of light for the terminally ill. That is all. It does not in any way intend itself for depressed people, but depressed people will buy it, and read it, and perhaps follow it to the end. They suffer too, their pain is as real as the physical pain of a terminally ill patient, do not expect the book ever to be banned to depressed or mentally ill patients only. I respect any terminally ill patient's decision to use the guidelines in this book to assist in an end that will allow them to finally erase the agony, the physical torture, the lives wreaked with havoc and pain because of their illnesses. Those of you who do not understand Derek Humphrey's motive should read this book again. Those of you who do not understand your relative or loved one's decision to act on the guidelines in this book need to make peace with yourselves, and put the blame where it really belongs, nowhere.
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297 of 318 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 2, 1999
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"Final Exit" has strengths and weaknesses as a how-to book (this is not a review of its philosophy). The writing is clear, simple, and compassionate. However, its useful information is limited to drug overdose and plastic bag asphyxia. A much more wide rangeing, thorough, and interesting book on the same subject is Geo Stone's "Suicide and Attempted Suicide: Methods and Consequences." I would suggest reading both of them.
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92 of 98 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 9, 1999
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Persons ethically opposed to this book need not, and should not read it. For almost ten years, Final Exit has been the accepted handbook for self-deliverance and assisted suicide for the dying person whose suffering is unbearable to them. Useful chapters on the law, communicating with others, and precise 'how to' end it details. There is no such other book available on the open market. Thousands of people have made good use of it to make their own decisions.
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61 of 66 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 29, 2002
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Ive been surviving each day in torment thanks to a horrible Mental illness this last 5 years,every day has been a struggle to even want to live,every day I wake I curse my body for not dying during the night previous..I used to think people with mental illnesses especially were a joke,that they are only 'putting it on'...let me tell those of you lucky enough not to have an illness like mine,please do not dismiss depressed people and think they'll 'get over it',because we wont-ive had 2 dear friends commit suicide due to their depression,my friends were not cowards and werent weak people,they were tormented individuals who saw no other way out,this book taught them how and what to do... it wasnt a split moment decision on either of their parts,they planned their deaths 12 months in advance..
every day for me is a battle to get through,I self-harm myself,I am addicted to over-the-counter drugs and one of these days soon I know I will end up doing something serious...
this book is a great comfort to me,because I know firstly that my friends did not suffer too much and that my options are open to me now...i am sorry if anyone finds this offensive,please for a moment try and feel what it is like within my head every second of every day.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 20, 1998
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I read this book, and found that there is little information regarding methods other than plastic bags. I want information regarding where to obtain specific drugs that will be quick and painless. This book really didn't address that at all.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Weber on June 16, 2000
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For one who has just watched his father die a miserable and lonely death in a nursing home and who is watching his mother die slowly the same way, this book gives me some hope that my child will not have to experience the same torture. The book is concise, factual, and to the point. It is informative, but does not try to persuade one way or the other. Humphry discusses dozens of methods of suicide and recommends the ones he thinks are best, and why they are. His book is a great help.
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49 of 56 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 9, 1999
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'Final Exit' is an invaluable book for those with terminal illness who wish to consider self-deliverance (hastened death). This is a choice any mature adult should have. Until the laws are changed in every state to permit physician-assisted suicide, this book will have to do. I found it a most interesting 'how to' book.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 22, 2001
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There will always be the person who gives 5 stars and the one who gives one star... this issue is extremely complex. Regardless, I feel that the work that Derek Humphry has done and is still fighting very hard to accomplish is extremely important for a percentage of people. Not all. But even if the percentage is small, they are people who suffer beyond our imaginations and desperately need compassionate help which may be self-deliverance. I believe that this is a reality that we do not want to face... at the same time, we cannot be blamed for feeling this way either for it is natural to want our loved ones to live as long as allowed. Nevertheless, I have respect for people such as Derek Humphrey and Dr. Kevorkian for there dedications in this time.
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