The question of assisted suicide retains a powerful grip on our minds and our imaginations as one of the most emotionally charged and controversial topics of our time. It is the border beyond which most of us fear to tread. Even so, the issue isn't going away soon: as the baby boomer generation ages, many of us will watch ourselves and our parents grow older, and wonder at the decisions that lie ahead.
Understanding Assisted Suicide provides both a fresh take on this important topic and the context for intelligent participation in the discussion. Uniquely, John Mitchell frames the issue using his own experience of watching both his parents die, which led him to ask fundamental questions about death, dying, religion, and the role of medicine and technology in alleviating human suffering.
The author demonstrates that every individual has drawn his or her own "big picture" of what assisted suicide means by picking and choosing from nine separate issues. Understanding this offers a perspective for quickly determining the sources of another's opinion on assisted suicide, as well as the issues that person has not considered. Most important, Understanding Assisted Suicide offers a clear, navigable landscape over which those who seek their own answers can travel. The "nine-issue structure" allows both careful exploration of separate issues and a view of the full spectrum of ideas involved.
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