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The Resource At liberty to die : the battle for death with dignity in America, Howard Ball

At liberty to die : the battle for death with dignity in America, Howard Ball

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At liberty to die : the battle for death with dignity in America
Title
At liberty to die
Title remainder
the battle for death with dignity in America
Statement of responsibility
Howard Ball
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Over the past hundred years, average life expectancy in America has nearly doubled, due largely to scientific and medical advances, but also as a consequence of safer working conditions, a heightened awareness of the importance of diet and health, and other factors. Yet while longevity is celebrated as an achievement in modern civilization, the longer people live, the more likely they are to succumb to chronic, terminal illnesses. In 1900, the average life expectancy was 47 years, with a majority of American deaths attributed to influenza, tuberculosis, pneumonia, or other diseases. In 2000, the average life expectancy was nearly 80 years, and for too many people, these long lifespans included cancer, heart failure, Lou Gehrig's Disease, AIDS, or other fatal illnesses, and with them, came debilitating pain and the loss of a once-full and often independent lifestyle. In this compelling and provocative book, noted legal scholar Howard Ball poses the pressing question: is it appropriate, legally and ethically, for a competent individual to have the liberty to decide how and when to die when faced with a terminal illness? At Liberty to Die charts how, the right of a competent, terminally ill person to die on his or her own terms with the help of a doctor has come deeply embroiled in debates about the relationship between religion, civil liberties, politics, and law in American life. Exploring both the legal rulings and the media frenzies that accompanied the Terry Schiavo case and others like it, Howard Ball contends that despite raging battles in all the states where right to die legislation has been proposed, the opposition to the right to die is intractable in its stance. Combining constitutional analysis, legal history, and current events, Ball surveys the constitutional arguments that have driven the right to die debate"--Provided by publisher
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DLC
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1937-
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Ball, Howard
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Right to die
  • Assisted suicide
  • Euthanasia
Label
At liberty to die : the battle for death with dignity in America, Howard Ball
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 207-215) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The changing nature of death in America -- The plight of the incompetent patient in a "permanent vegetative state" (PVS) -- Terri Schiavo's tragic odyssey, 1990-2005 -- What freedom do we have to die with dignity? : The U.S. Supreme Court decides, 1997 -- The second path to PAD : passing legislation allowing death with dignity -- The pioneering PAD states : Oregon and Washington -- America's Transplants
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
ix, 229 pages
Isbn
9780814791042
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2011052258
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)768793095
Label
At liberty to die : the battle for death with dignity in America, Howard Ball
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 207-215) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The changing nature of death in America -- The plight of the incompetent patient in a "permanent vegetative state" (PVS) -- Terri Schiavo's tragic odyssey, 1990-2005 -- What freedom do we have to die with dignity? : The U.S. Supreme Court decides, 1997 -- The second path to PAD : passing legislation allowing death with dignity -- The pioneering PAD states : Oregon and Washington -- America's Transplants
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
ix, 229 pages
Isbn
9780814791042
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2011052258
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)768793095

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