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“A powerful contribution to this debate.” (Charles E. Rosenberg - New York Times Book Review)

“Closely reasoned and exhaustively researched. . . . Hendin's objections . . . carry a bone-chilling conviction.” (Washington Post Book World)

“Starred Review. [An] important and alarming report.” (Publishers Weekly)

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Herbert Hendin, M.D., is executive director of the American Suicide Foundation and professor of psychiatry at New York Medical College. He lives in New York.
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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; Revised and Updated Edition edition (April 17, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393317919
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393317916
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 0.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #382,145 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A must read for anyone interseted in the euthanasia bebate. Hendin went to the Netherlands and interviewed a number of key figures. He exposes the major problems the Dutch are having in regulating euthanasia. The paragraph below is an excellent summary of his findings:
"The Netherlands has moved from assisted suicide to euthanasia, from euthanasia for people who are terminally ill to euthanasia for those who are chronically ill, from euthanasia for physical illness to euthanasia for psychological distress, from voluntary euthanasia to involuntary euthanasia The Dutch government�s own commissioned research has documented that in more than one thousand cases a year, doctors actively cause or hasten death without the patient�s request."
Hendin looks at the issue from ethical, political, and practical viewpoints. He also looks at the why the U.S. could possible be the next country to legalize euthanasia.
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A nice testimony from an expert in suicide prevention who argues against the morality of physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia. The book sags in the middle, though, as it gets bogged down in the authors' tedious back-and-forth with various personalities in the Netherlands.
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