A selected list of some
key euthanasia-related books, compiled by
Albery, N The Natural Death Handbook. Pbk
224pp £9.99GBP Published by Virgin Books 1993.
Excellent coverage of various topics surrounding
death, handled in a constructive and original
manner. Good source references. Also on-line.
Albery, N & Mezey, M (eds). Re-Inventing
Society: A Bumper Book of Best Ideas, Schemes and
Speculations. Pbk 280pp £14.85GBP Institute
for Social Inventions 1994. Includes many
creative and thought-provoking ideas about dying.
Ariés, P Western Attitudes toward Death from
the Middle Ages to the Present. Pbk 111pp
Marion Boyars Publishers 1994. Four essays on the
changing attitudes to death in Western
civilisation under the influence of
industrialisation, mass culture and economic
Barnard, C Good Life, Good Death - a Doctor's
Case for Euthanasia and Suicide. Hbk 146pp
Prentice-Hall 1980. Bold and provocative work by
the famous heart surgeon.
Barr, A, Biggar, J, Dalgleish, A & Stevens, H
Drafting Wills in Scotland. Hbk 519pp
£95GBP Butterworths/The Law Society of Scotland.
Standard Scottish reference work for lawyers.
Includes the VESS Living Will.
Battin, M The Least Worst Death. Hbk 305pp
Oxford University Press. Collection of essays by
a well-known ethicist. Contains some errors
relating to the right-to-die movement, but
otherwise very sound.
Beauchamp T, Childress J Principles of
Biomedical Ethics (4th Edition). Pbk 546pp
£16.95GBP Oxford University Press 1994. One of
the modern "classics" of bioethics,
explaining methods of analysing ethical dilemmas
according to the "four principles" of
autonomy, beneficence, non-maleficence and
Brazier M. Medicine, Patients & the Law.
Pbk 696pp £9.99GBP Penguin Books 2nd edition
1992. Excellent basic textbook on medical law.
British Medical Association Medical
Ethics Today. Pbk 374pp BMJ 1993. Very
readable account of the practice of medical
ethics. Supportive of living wills.
British Medical Association Advance
Statements about Medical Treatment. Pbk
40pp+insert (16pp) £4.95GBP BMJ Publishing Group
1995. The BMA's excellent Code of Practice on
Living Wills. Also available from VESS.
Carmichael, K Ceremony of Innocence - Tears,
Power & Protest. Pbk 203pp Powerful and
inspiring examination of attitudes to grief and
dying, written by a leading broadcaster who is
also the Vice-Convener of the VESS Executive
Docker C Collected Living Wills. Pbk.
First international collection of living will
Docker C, Smith C Departing
Drugs Pbk 68pp. First international
scientifically researched manual on
self-deliverance. Includes a personalised
"Do Not Resuscitate" note, an extensive
glossary, and a country-by-country listing.
Available to established members of a
right-to-die organsiation only. Available from
Exit. Also available in German. Other languages
Docker C, Smith C, Hofsess J, Dunn B Beyond Final Exit Pbk 115pp
1995. Collection of essays examining the evidence
on various methods of self-deliverance. Available
Downie, R The Healing
Arts: An Oxford Illustrated Anthology.
Hbk 334pp £18.99GBP Oxford University Press
1994. A celebration of the part played by
medicine in the development of the arts. A
wonderful fireside book or gift. Copiously
Downie R & Calman K. Healthy Respect -
Ethics in Health Care. Pbk 291pp £13.95GBP
Oxford University Press 2nd edition 1994.
Brillian book on practical ethics for doctors and
health care workers.
Downie R & Charlton B. The Making of a
Doctor. Hbk 204pp £24.50 Oxford University
Press 1992. Highly recommended.
Fletcher N, Holt J, Brazier M, Harris J. Ethics,
Law & Nursing. Pbk 185pp £14.99
Manchester University Press 1995. Competent,
Gillon R. Philosophical Medical Ethics.
Pbk 190pp £16.50GBP John Wiley & Sons 1985.
Very straightforward, authoritative and readable
introduction to health care ethics.
Glover, J Causing Death and Saving Lives.
Pbk 328pp Penguin. Moral philosopher examines a
range of issues including euthanasia.
Kennedy, I. Treat Me Right - Essays in Medical
Law & Ethics. Pbk 428pp £17.95GBP
Clarendon Press (OUP) 1994.
Kennedy, I & Grubb, A Medical Law - Text
With Materials (2nd Edition). Hbk 1423pp
£38.95GBP Butterworths 1994. Includes an
analytical overview of all the major right-to-die
cases in Britain, with large sections from the
Kennedy, L Euthanasia - the Good Death.
Pbk 56pp £3.99GBP Chatto & Windus 1990.
Highly readable case for euthanasia from this
well-known broadcaster in the Chatto Counterblast
Kevorkian, J Prescription: Medicine. Hbk
268pp Prometheus Books 1991. Inventor of the
controversial "suicide machine", Dr.
Kevorkian outlines his views on rational
self-deliverance. Also includes much interesting
historical detail on methods of capital
punishment, related with colour and flair.
Kilner J Who Lives? Who Dies? - Ethical
Criteria in Patient Selection. Hbk 359pp Yale
University Press. An outstanding in-depth
analysis of the ethics of health rationing.
Kuhse, H The Sanctity-of-Life Doctrine in
Medicine. Hbk 236pp Oxford University Press
1987. Comprehensive critique from a bioethicist.
Kuhse, H (ed) Willing to Listen - Wanting to
Die. Pbk 277pp AU$16.95 Penguin 1994.
Collection of very different perspectives on
death and dignity.
The Law Society & the British Medical
Association. Assessment of Mental Capacity -
Guidance for Doctors & Lawyers. Pbk 152pp
British Medical Association 1995.
Little, S And Who Should Forbid Them! Pbk
28pp Published by VESS 1989. Moving collection of
real cases compiled from her experience as
Chairman before her own death. Available from
Logue, B Last Rights - Death Control and the
Elderly in America. Hbk 372pp Maxwell
MacMillan 1993. Well-researched overview written
by a demographer. One of the few extensive
coverages by a social scientist of the right to
van der Maas, P, van Delden, J, Pijnenborg, L Euthanasia
and other Medical Decisions Concerning the End of
Life. Hbk 262pp ·120GBP (approx) Elsevier
1992. Probably the best book published on such
facts and statistics in the Netherlands.
McLean, S (ed.) Death,
Dying & the Law. Hbk £37.50GBP
Dartmouth 1996. Some outstanding essays on
various aspects of how progress may realistically
Buy the book today!
McLean, S (ed.) Contemporary
Issues in Law, Medicine and Ethics. Hbk
£42.50GBP Dartmouth 1996. Covers living wills,
PVS, organ transplants and various other issues.
Fairly detailed analysis of the history, theory,
legalities and future potential (and limitations)
of living wills (by Chris Docker).
Buy the book today!
McLean, S, Britton, A Sometimes
a Small Victory . Pbk £9.99 GBP
inc UK postage. Institute of Law & Ethics in
Medicine, Glasgow University 1996. Results of a
year-long investigation into the feasibility of
legal reform to allow physician assisted suicide,
including multi-disciplinary analysis,
parliamentary debates, surveys, draft bill
Noll, P In the Face of Death. Pbk 254pp
£5.99GBP Penguin 1990. Courageous autobiography
of a lawyer with cancer who decided to forego
Nuland, S How We Die. Hbk 278pp £15.99GBP
Chatto & Windus. Graphic descriptions of
exactly what happens during the dying phase of
comon killer diseases.
Ogden, R Euthanasia, Assisted Suicide &
AIDS. Pbk 135pp Perreault Goedman Publishing
1994. Outstanding thesis on assisted suicide
between AIDS patients and their
"buddies." Ogden was faced with a court
subpoena to give evidence on his anonymised case
studies but he refused to name names.
Rachels, J The End of Life: Euthanasia and
Morality. Pbk 204pp Oxford University Press
1986. An examination of the ideas and assumptions
behind the proscription on killing.
Randall, F, & Downie, R. Palliative Care
Ethics - A Good Companion Pbk, 202pp Oxford
University Press 1996. Remarkable co-authorship
between a palliative care specialist (who is
strongly opposed to the "right to die")
and a moral philosopher (who supports it). The
book doesn't examine their differences, it
concentrates on areas in which consensus could be
(and has been) achieved. The section on living
wills, for instance, is impressive for its lack
Seguin, M A Gentle Death. Pbk 249pp Key
Porter Books 1994. Moving work by a registered
nurse who networks with professionals in specific
cases to ensure dying with dignity. Ms Seguin is
the Executive Director of Canada's Dying In
Shavelson L. A Chosen Death - The Dying
Confront Assisted Suicide. Hbk 240pp Simon
& Schuster 1995.
Singer, P Rethinking Life & Death - The
Collapse of our Traditional Ethics. Pbk,
256pp £7.99GBP Oxford University Press 1995.
Utilitarian approach with intersting examination
of many case histories.
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