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The Law of Life and Death Hardcover – March 7, 2011
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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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