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"'Are you alive?' Thus begins this intriguing book that examines the legal relationship between life and death. . . . [Foley's] engaging, accessible writing style highly recommends the book for classroom use and library collections. . . . Highly recommended. All readership levels. -- S. Behuniak, Le Moyne College

Elizabeth Price Foley takes us on an agile and insightful romp through the briar patch of state and federal laws governing medical practice at the beginning and end of life. American politics is mired in legal debates over the limits of life and death practices, including embryo research, abortion, transplantation, treatment termination, suicide, and, most recently, 'death panels.' The Law of Life and Death deserves close attention from anyone trying to understand why lawyers have more influence than physicians on birth and death. (George J. Annas author of Worst Case Bioethics)

Foley presents a profoundly intelligent, distinctive, and disturbing book. In seven short chapters, she dissects the legality behind what makes a person alive or dead...This work will be appreciated by legislators, serious readers, and legal and medical professionals. (Harry Charles Library Journal 2011-03-01)

Foley's book is essentially a primer or textbook on these legal issues of life and death, suitable for ethicists interested in learning about the law and for lawyers interested in learning about ethics...Foley ably lays out the moral arguments and legal disputes, and persuasively criticizes poorly reasoned judicial opinions. (Eric Posner New Republic online 2011-06-23)

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Elizabeth Price Foley is the Institute for Justice Chair in Constitutional Litigation and Professor of Law, Florida International University College of Law.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press; 1 edition (April 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0674051041
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674051041
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,913,584 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The author is a law professor. She tackles a very difficult and emotional topic in our society. The science and the law have been and still are changing in defining how to define when a person is alive and when they are dead. Issues like brain death, and cardiopulmonary death are addressed, as well as statutory and common law on life are addressed. This is a well done book about a difficult topic that we talk about very little in our society.
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This book adds nothing new to coverage of debates about life and death. The cases of Karen Quinlan, Terri Shiavo, and others have already been extremely well-covered by excellent journalists writing for the New Yorker and Harpers. See "Harvesting the Dead," for example. Biopolitics has already been theorized by Giorgio Agamben in Homo Sacer (1995)Homo Sacer: Sovereign Power and Bare Life (Meridian: Crossing Aesthetics) and earlier by Michel Focuault The History of Sexuality, Vol. 1: An Introduction. (The author is entirely ignorant of this work, btw). I returned my copy this book to Amazon.
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