From Publishers Weekly
A leader in the rigiht-to-die movement, Wanzer advocates measures that allow patients to control decisions about end-of-life treatment and ensure a peaceful death. . With the help of Harvard Medical School faculty member Glenmullen (The Antidepressant Solution), Wanzer, himself the former head of Harvard University Law School Health Services, provide clear legal and medical guidelines for the terminally ill and their loved ones who are facing these decisions. Drawing on case histories, the author outlines the rights of patients, advises them on how to appoint a health care proxy and on ways to refuse unwanted treatments. Wanzer also supports opting for only comfort care, in which the focus is on minimizing pain and making patients comfortable. . Although he empasizes the need to differentiate between a terminally ill patients rational decision to end his or her life and suicidal depression, Wanzer argues that when someone is in uncontrollable pain with no hope of improvement, hastening deaththrough large doses of morphine, refusal of fluids or inhaling heliumshould be an option. Wanzer and Glenmuller clearly delineate a patients rights, including the right to refuse treatment, and provide information on appointing a health-care proxy, among other options. They provide a wealth of information on a matter most of us would rather not think about.
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Journal of the American Medical Association
"Brings needed hope and comfort to those who are near death and to those who attend the dying and are responsible for ensuring that a good death is possible. The book will appeal to patients, their families, and their caregivers. A fascinating book, rich with clinical stories. Gently and compassionately written."
Milwaukee Magazine, March 2011
“Wanzer makes a strong case for allowing people greater choices in how they die.”