Fatal Freedom: The Ethics and Politics of Suicide
ISBN: 0815607555
EAN13: 9780815607557
Language: English
Release Date: Aug 1, 2002
Pages: 200
Dimensions: 0.6" H x 8.7" L x 6" W
Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Fatal Freedom is an eloquent defense of every individual's right to choose a voluntary death. The author, a renowned psychiatrist, believes that we can speak about suicide calmly and rationally, as he does in this book, and that we can ultimately accept suicide as part of the human condition. By maintaining statutes that determine that voluntary death is not legal, our society is forfeiting one of its basic freedoms and causing the psychiatric/medical establishment to treat individuals in a manner that is disturbingly inhumane according to Dr. Szasz. His important work asks and points to clear, intelligent answers to some of the most significant ethical questions of our time:

- Is suicide a voluntary act?

- Should physicians be permitted to prevent it?

- Should they be authorized to abet it?

The author's thoughtful analysis of these questions consistently holds forth patient autonomy as paramount; therefore, he argues, patients should not be prevented from exercising their free will, nor should physicians be permitted to enter the process by prescribing or providing the means for voluntary death.

Dr. Szasz predicts that we will look back at our present prohibitory policies toward suicide with the same amazed disapproval with which we regard past Read More chevron_right

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