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Product Details

  • Paperback: 414 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2 Exp Rev edition (October 10, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1453869379
  • ISBN-13: 978-1453869376
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #230,009 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Chris Docker is an established writer in Law and Ethics in Medicine, producing key works for the professions, academics and the public on topics that include living wills, death & dying, and human transplants. For over 15 years he has been one of the world's leading researchers into the reality of 'self-deliverance' - the methods to accomplish one's own easy, peaceful and dignified death - when all other measures to relieve suffering and indignity have failed. He is Director of Exit and has led the interactive workshops run for many years across the UK. Five Last Acts is his third book on self-deliverance.

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Chris Docker is an established writer in Law and Ethics in Medicine, producing key works for the professions, academics and the public on topics that include living wills, death & dying, and human transplants. For 20 years he has been one of the world's leading researchers into the reality of 'self-deliverance' - the methods to accomplish one's own easy, peaceful and dignified death - when all other measures to relieve suffering and indignity have failed. He is Director of Exit and has led the interactive workshops run for many years across the UK. Five Last Acts is his third book on self-deliverance.

Short bibliography:
* Collected Living Wills, 1992.
* Departing Drugs (principal author) 1993
* Beyond Final Exit (co-author) 1995
* Advance Directive / Living Wills, in: Contemporary Issues in Law, Medicine and Ethics (ed. S.A.M. McLean) 1996
* The Way Forward, in: Death, Dying and the Law (ed. S.A.M.McLean) 1996
* Living Wills, in: Finance and Law for the Older Client (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, Gen.Ed. C.Whitehouse) 2000 (updated 2003)
* Ethical and Legal Dilemmas with Organ Transplants, in: Health Services Law and Practice (eds: M.Bloom, A.Harris,S.Waddington) 2001.
* End of Life, in: Health Services Law and Practice (eds: M.Bloom, A.Harris,S.Waddington) 2001.
* Five Last Acts 2007 (2nd edition, 2010)
* Five Last Acts - The Exit Path, 2013

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3.8 out of 5 stars

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Babs on August 12, 2011
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This book is outstanding in its clarity and calm insight into euthanasia. A must read for thoughtful people. You really cannot make a judgement until you have read it and, when you have read it, you will understand the public need for such an enlightening book.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By MMPA on February 17, 2012
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I found this book to be very informative. Yes, as the author indicates, the material should have gone through additional editing prior to printing but considering the amount of work gone into preparing this kind of book and the countless difficulties that may have been associated with publishing something on this subject, I can live with the editorial shortcomings.

The delivery was the slowest on anything I have purchased on Amazon but, conceivably, this may have something to do with subject matter.

All together, I'm happy with the purchase.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By David Stephens on August 12, 2013
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This book delivers on what it promises: easy, painless ways to end one's life when suffering becomes intolerable -- without involving a friend or loved one and putting them in legal jeopardy.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By PaulsLaw on April 6, 2012
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I wish there was a higher rating option than 5 stars. I did not want to shill out the money for just a book, but you get your moneys worth 10 folds. If you are looking at this book & thinking such a thing is so easy, you are painfully wrong! A very easy read, as I do not read much at all, and more informative than all of google put together. I would send Chris Docker an extra $20 to have dinner on me just for doing the work if he listed his paypal :)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By HooNose on July 11, 2014
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A taboo subject treated with the good sense it warrants. A grown-up, informative and practical tome that provides for all levels of capacity (or lack thereof).
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Annette Kronstadt on January 19, 2013
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This book was exactly what it was advertised to be: very thorough and well-written. I didn't read the first edition but I'm sure the second one was greatly expanded.
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