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In Search of Gentle Death: The Fight for Your Right to Die With Dignity First Edition

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ISBN-10: 1929175361
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Richard N. Cote' is the author of three acclaimed biographies, a social history, a contemporary novel, and co-wrote or edited over thirty other books. In 2004, he was awarded the Bobby Gilmer Moss Award in History by the Daughters of the American Revolution for his outstanding historical writing. After college, six years service in the U.S. Air Force, and four years on the staff of the South Carolina Historical Society, he turned to writing full-time. He has conducted extensive research into American biography, social history, and the international right-to-die movement. Dick has been chosen as a featured author and lecturer by numerous book festivals and his books have been featured on Dateline NBC, The Weather Channel, and Book TV. He has presented papers at the World Federation of Right to Die Societies' biennial congresses in Paris (2008), Melbourne (2010), and Zurich (2012). He lives near historic Charleston, South Carolina.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 479 pages
  • Publisher: Corinthian Books; First edition (May 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1929175361
  • ISBN-13: 978-1929175369
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,469,463 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Altho I must declare an interest in this publication as I am mentioned in it, it is an interesting glimpse into the inner workings of the progressive, investigative side of the worldwide euthanasia movement, who's behind it, what advances it has made, who drove it, and so on.
Extremely well written by Richard Cote who previous to this research and publication had no connections to the right-to-die movement. The illustrations are interesting, too. Because it deliberately 'flew under the radar,' this is the first telling of an unusual story.
It is the ten-year account of an unorganized, interesting group of people (Philip Nitschke, John Hofsess, George Exoo, Charles Whitcher, myself Derek Humphry and a few others) who put their minds together to find a reliable, legal, non-medical way by which dying persons could painlessly, nonviolently and quickly end their lives.
What emerged after going down several fruitless avenues was the helium hood method of self-deliverance which is now widely used across North America. NuTech continues to search for even better ways of adult, competent choices in dying. D.H. 11.28.2008
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The NuTech Group is not well known even among supporters of the right-to-die movement. The NuTech Group has facilitated research into new methods of self deliverance which have benefited everyone concerned with end-of-life choices. As a longtime supporter of the right to end of life choice, I am personally grateful to the members of this group and recommend the book to anyone interested in new developments in this area.

Frank Sargent
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The "right-to-die" is dominated by debate over physician-assisted suicide. That story is told, exhaustively. Less known is the story of NuTech, a movement of activists who set out to discover ways to achieve a quick and peaceful death without reliance on physicians and Oregon-style "prescribing laws." Historian Richard N. Côté offers a concise account of NuTech's pioneering 1999 conference in Berkeley, through to the present day. With a mandate to liberate people from intolerable lives, NuTech's eclectic group of engineers and activists triggered what Côté characterizes as "the first quantum leap in suicide technology."
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Cote's "In Search of Gentle Death": An Encyclopedic Page-Turner!
We all die, some of us horribly, tortured by modern medicine hell-bent on keeping us "alive" whether we protest pathetically or not. The fear of suffering underlies our advancing age and makes many of us dread each approaching birthday. Cote's book was, for me, a soothing balm: Suffering need not be a given. Even when meds and palliation fail us,there is hope that dying can be tranquil and that we can determine our own end.

A movement is afoot all over the world, led by courageous and compassionate individuals who take enormous risks, resist those who would impose their own set of beliefs on everyone else, rally to change the status quo. Cote has identified and interviewed the giants of the movement, traveling to 5 continents in 5 years to meet them face-to-face. Their stories are riveting, as dramatic as the best fiction, though, unbelievably, true.
Many of the pioneers fought not only for humankind but for themselves. Ramon Sampedro from Galicia, Spain, was left a quadriplegic at 25 after a diving accident and spent the rest of his life- 29 years! - fighting in vain for a legal, assisted death. Suffering but physically capable patients could pull off their own successful ends; Sampedro could not. And anyone who aided him would have endured criminal prosecutions. He did, however, eventually devise a most creative solution...

Using any criterion, the book is a superbly crafted, deeply intimate masterpiece. Readers: Treat yourselves!
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This is the first contemporary history of the movement worldwide for the right to choose to die when at life's end.
It is very accurate and good read. Photos and cartoons help lift the book. Because it is a long book, it is good to store and read piece by piece.
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I discovered this book while googling frantically on the internet in the middle of the night as my dear love and spouse was dying in the living room of our home...i was desperately in search of a gentle death for her at her request.

We had done all the right things: she had a health directive, i was the person responsible to see that that directive was observed, she was signed up for hospice so that she could die peacefully at home...and something was going horribly askew. She did not die peacefully. During tortured hours, hospice was unable to provide the necessary support and direction we both so desperately needed. But why?

During the agonizing process of my beloved's death, i did not have the faintest idea why the system was failing. Gathering my courage, i met with the director of nursing for hospice the week of my spouses death. In our open-hearted meeting of two people just trying to work out what had failed and how it could be prevented for others in the future, i learned about the terrible dilemma hospice has been placed in and why they are unable to provide people with a dignified and gentle death.

"In Search of Gentle Death" by Richard Cote clearly details this dilemma with extraordinarily well documented and painfully sincere personal stories. From local to national to international law, he documents the forces that continue to obstruct something as simple and humane as a dignified and gentle death for all of us.

By contrast, almost a year to the day, i was in my livingroom with my spouse, our vet and my cherished friend of 12 years, Zoe. While handing him his favorite treats, we all made the loving decision to let him die a dignified and tender death. He died in seconds relieved of the pain and suffering his life had become.
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