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The Peaceful Pill Handbook [Kindle Edition]

Fiona Stewart , Philip Nitschke
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Updated annually, The Peaceful Pill Handbook is the leading end-of-life choices guide on methods of self-deliverance which are reliable and peaceful. The book is published within the emerging movement of assisted suicide/ voluntary euthanasia choices. Using Exit International's unique RP Test™ (reliability - peacefulness), the book empowers the reader to compare and contrast different approaches. The only book of its kind to be authored by a scientist who is also a physician, The Peaceful Pill Handbook covers strategies such as Nembutal (sources – including online—storage, testing, use), prescription drugs, the use of inert gases (Helium, Nitrogen) and poisons. The book is aimed at Seniors and folk who are seriously ill who want to be informed of their practical end of life options. An best-seller, The New York Times has said of The Peaceful Pill Handbook, “It lays out methods to end one’s life… the book is banned in Australia and New Zealand. In the US, though, it is only a few mouse clicks away online.” -New York Times, 21 July 2008

Editorial Reviews


I have bought The Peaceful Pill eHandbook and it is a great comfort to know that there are people who understand what suffering is and how we should have the right to choose whether to live or die - Stephen, UK --Reader Testimonial

I have read the digital version of your Peaceful Pill eHandbook cover to cover and I greatly admire your courage in providing this critical information to the public. Please keep up your excellent work! - Margaret, USA --Reader Testimonial

The Peaceful Pill Handbook is a great book and full of great information. I especially was drawn to the Nembutal chapter - Kelly, USA --Reader Testimonial

I live in the Midwest USA. I recently contacted Dorian via the information provided and was successfully able to purchase 2 standard bottles of Nembutal He was very prompt and professional throughout the transaction, which took slightly more than 3 weeks. - Jason, USA --Reader Testimonial

I successfully obtained powdered Nembutal from China, (12 gms). They were professional and quick to respond, cost US$260 inc. p&p. - Gertrude, UK

--Reader Testimonial

I live in the Midwest USA. I recently contacted Dorian via the information provided and was successfully able to purchase 2 standard bottles of Nembutal He was very prompt and professional throughout the transaction, which took slightly more than 3 weeks. - Jason, USA --Reader Testimonial

I successfully obtained powdered Nembutal from China, (12 gms). They were professional and quick to respond, cost US$260 inc. p&p. - Gertrude, UK --Reader Testimonial

About the Author

A physician & scientist, Dr Philip Nitschke is a leading world authority of end of life choices. Founder of Exit, Dr Nitschke brings scientific & medical expertise to the question of end of life choices. He speaks to the reader in layman's terms that everyone can understand.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3060 KB
  • Print Length: 311 pages
  • Publisher: Exit International US Ltd (January 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,502 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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183 of 185 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It fills a need. May 13, 2008
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This is the only book of its kind that I've read that is so thoroughly researched. It's a pretty comprehensive study of the various ways there are to end one's life. And each method is rated in many categories including effectiveness, ease of obtaining the required materials, painlessness, etc. Near the end of the book there is a good description of how to obtain the best drug (in Mexico) and includes very helpful pictures of the products. I can seriously see cutting the pictures out and showing them to a clerk in Mexico who might otherwise not be able to figure out what I was looking for (because of language difficulties). However, you pay a stiff price to get this information in paperback form ($35.),there is a lot of scientific "padding" to fill out the pages and that is why I gave it four stars instead of five. However, it is the only game in town at this time as far as I know so I'm glad that I have it in my library in spite of the high cost.
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119 of 127 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars straight to the point April 30, 2008
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I am only in my 30's and not ready to leave this place just yet(if I can help it). Knowing that I have this book is such peace of mind for me and my boyfriend because should anything happen I want to control MY outcome. The book gives you alternatives on how to end it and gives you the information you need to be able to make sure you don't make mistakes. This is much better than trying something and have it go horribly wrong.
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173 of 188 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lacks practical solutions October 1, 2008
By dnetdog
For those who would like to have control of their destiny, this is detailed but frustrating book. The problem is that none of the solutions that could be considered "peaceful" are practical for most people. The primary "peaceful" solution requires going to Mexico to smuggle a life-ending drug into the US. The second best option requires obtaining a prescription for a drug that most doctor's are unwilling to provide. The remaining solutions are anything but peaceful and would cause devastating trauma to any family member who might become involved during or after the end of life event. Hopefully, there are (or will be) other books that better address the issue of death with dignity.
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52 of 56 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Critically inaccurate information for Exit Bag October 31, 2010
Revised May 21, 2011
I attempted to implement the "Exit Bag' method of ending my life, and found that a crucial part of the information provided was inaccurate: "With an Exit Bag, a person breathes easily and peacefully..." (4th paragraph Chapter 5). I began growing faint (losing consciousness), but I was short of breath, and the gas inside the bag was quite hot, presumably from my breath. I was so uncomfortable that I pulled the bag off. I attempted the procedure three times, checking the tank pressure first to make sure it was adequate, before giving up. Surprisingly, before using the bag I was neither anxious nor depressed. I just had the thought "Do I really want to do this? It's kind of dumb. But I have decided to."

The equipment was easy to prepare. I found the Balloon Time helium tank at my local Party America store, I purchased from Exit International the flow regulator and the pressure gauge to check the tank, and made an "exit bag" from an oven bag, all according to Peaceful Pill's instructions. To see if I would panic with the bag over my head, I rented a scuba tank and regulator and held the second stage open with the bag over my head--no problem.

But the system didn't work as described. I read in the paper this week that Joseph Brooks successfully used this system using a dry-cleaning bag. The solution may be to use a larger bag and two helium tanks, so that the gas won't heat up as much and the carbon dioxide that builds up in the bag (which causes the feeling of suffocation) will be more diluted.

No doubt the "exit bag" would have worked if I had endured the discomfort. But if I were to try again (no plans at this time) I'd use a gun. Not my first choice, because it would leave a mess, but quick and certain.
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
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I purchased this book because I have been exploring the options of assisted suicide, and with my extensive knowledge of ethical pharmceuticals in the USA, this book offers hope for the here and now that Sodium Pentobarbital (that was taken off of the USA market in capsule form by Abbott Labs, after many decades of production, is still accessable) in "certain other countries, 4 in particular, worldwide, where it can be obtained, without too many hoops, (at present) if one
wants to take action in procurement of this immmediate release fast acting sedative. I grew up during a time when Nembutal, Seconal, and Tuinal were easily accessable, but this has not been the case in the USA for approximately 35 my humble opinion. It is only available in ampules (vials) and stocked generally in major USA hospitals, and if prescribed, usually is done so, "maybe for someone in Hospice care, and in very sparing amounts, and not for
the purpose that the "Peaceful Pill Handbook" was written for. (the motive I interpreted about the Peaceful Pill Handbook, is for one to be able to decide for themself, just like one dones in having a "living will" notorized, if one
determines that they want to check out of a life of physical or severe psychological misery, in a peaceful, non violent, but very effective way. The
options I have seen that the choice of powerful sedatives in my lifetime, have been radically reduced since the 1960's thru the middle 1980's. It is nearly impossible to get a medical doctor to prescribe a once common fast acting barbitituate, today, and this has been the case for at least 19 to 20 years!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Not what I was led to expect.
Published 11 days ago by Susan H
5.0 out of 5 stars best Source
The very best source for anyone in need or desire of The Truth on this subject, covers it all with great insight.
Published 2 months ago by Richard Hamilton
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
This Is a great book, it really helps to understand how to live and how to die with dignity, I recommend it. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Pedro De Silva
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect companion to the Peaceful Pill eHandbook
The PPeH allows the reader to receive frequent updates throughout the year, as developments occur in this rapidly advancing field. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Seacidal
5.0 out of 5 stars I hope you have a doctor who's a buddy
Great help if you can manage to follow the instructions; you need a seconal or two so if you don't have a doctor who will write you a scrip for a few, you might as well not... Read more
Published 8 months ago by impern
1.0 out of 5 stars videos do not play
The videos with up to date information that are supposed to come with this ebook can only be watched if you pay an additional $85 at Read more
Published 9 months ago by Please Listen
5.0 out of 5 stars Worked for me
I found the book to be quite helpful in its evaluation of many available methods of committing suicide. It worked for me because I am now as dead as a door-knob.
Published 11 months ago by
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but not truly useful
This book is well written & easy to read & understand. However, most of the book is devoted to use of medications which the book itself shows are almost impossible to obtain. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Judith S Kahn
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent resource
this is anexcellent resource - it lays out all the alternatives and considerations - very well thought out and well-written.
Published 16 months ago by Susan Wood
4.0 out of 5 stars If you believe that everyone has a right to their own life, it is a...
It is a up to date way for everyone to find a legal way to end their life,
if they have no hope for a future and life is too painful to continue. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Susie
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More About the Author

Dr Philip Nitschke MBBS PhD came to prominence in 1996 when he became the first doctor to administer a legal, lethal, voluntary injection to four terminally ill patients under Australia's Rights of the Terminally Ill Act.

An Australian by birth, he is the Founder and Director of the non-profit organisation, Exit International, which has offices in Australia, the US & Europe.

Philip holds a PhD is applied physics from Flinders University in Adelaide & is a graduate of Sydney Medical School. Dr Nitschke is the recipient of many awards for his humanitarian work & is an eight-time nominee for Australian of the Year.

Philip is the author of three other books, the online Peaceful Pill eHandbook, Killing Me Softly: Voluntary Euthanasia and the Road to the Peaceful Pill (Penguin, 2005) & his autobiography Damned If I Do (with Peter Corris) which was published by Melbourne University Press in 2013.


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