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Product Details

  • Paperback: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books; Reissue edition (September 1, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0879758724
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879758721
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #491,650 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Kevorkian gained notoriety last year when he performed the first publicly acknowledged "physician-assisted suicide" by helping Janet Adkins, a victim of Alzheimer's disease, take her own life. The method of death was the Mercitron, the "suicide machine" Kevorkian invented, which enables a person to self-administer a lethal injection. In this self-dramatizing, often strident manifesto he argues that "medicide," his term for doctor-assisted suicide, is an ethical option that should be extended not only to the infirm or terminally ill, but also to inmates on death row. Condemned prisoners, he maintains, should, if they choose, be executed via general anesthesia, with the option of donating organs or having their intact bodies used for medical experimentation. Kevorkian's contention that the existence of his machine renders moral questions about euthanasia obsolete is simplistic. His book is likely to stir a hornet's nest of controversy. Photos. 50,000 first printing; $50,000 ad/promo; author tour.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From School Library Journal

YA-- A thought-provoking book about the years Kevorkian spent campaigning for the use of organ donations from condemned prisoners and about the modes of capital punishment throughout history. Verbose in style, the book is not written as leisure reading for YAs, but it is valuable for students researching capital punishment.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Al Kihano on November 30, 1999
Format: Paperback
``Dr. Death'' got his start with campaigns to allow death row inmates to donate their organs (currently organ donation is impossible). If you take a heart, a liver, two kidneys, two corneas, and bone marrow from a willing donor with a known execution date, and you can save quite a few lives with his death.
It's common-sense arguments like these, not grisly death-obsession, that makes this book worth reading. I expect that some readers will find the sections on euthanasia distasteful, but the subject is handled carefully and smartly.
For all his faults, Kevorkian is a strong and articulate voice who is too often written off automatically as a crank and a murderer. Read this book in order to balance your perspective, then judge him if you wish.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 30, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I purchased this book here from Amazon and after reading it I sent it, along with a nice letter in support of Kevorkian to him. Within 2 weeks he personally signed and returned my book to me.
I enjoyed this book. It explains how and why he got into assisted suicide.
If you are against what Dr. Jack does, be open minded and read this book. He is not a weird old man, he is a humanitarian. He makes no salary, and does this because he doesn't want people to suffer.
You will enjoy this book... I couldn't put it down.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By "bacteriaphage" on June 9, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book is not only an eye opener but it also expresses Kevorkian frustration with the governments control over medicine. It's kind of nice to see that old people have issues they like to fight for as well. At one point talks of his quest to encourage the government to allow peoplle on death row to donate their bodies to science but the government. Kevorkian is a good man and it saddens me to think what the media has done to him.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By InYourFaceNewYorker on May 12, 2011
Format: Paperback
Dr. Jack Kevorkian's 1991 book advocating voluntary medical experimentation on, and organ donation from, death row inmates and assisted suicide patients is written in a clear, lucid, and intelligent manner. Kevorkian argues why euthanasia-- given the right controls-- should be legal and available to terminally ill and suffering patients. Anybody who thinks this man is a nutcase will change his or her mind after reading this well-thought out book. He also makes us look at our own knee-jerk reactions to certain issues regarding death and see how irrational they are. The world needs more brilliant minds like Dr. Jack Kevorkian.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By max on August 15, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My curiousity told me to read this, and I was amazed at the depth of it all (and knowing that is was illegal). The human mind is a scary thing!
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