Embracing Our Mortality: Hard Choices in an Age of Medical Miracles by Lawrence J. Schneiderman, M.D. (2008) The author, a leading expert on end of life ethics, presents a refreshingly honest, astringent, and life-affirming guide to thinking about the choices that we or people we love will face when we die.[NHCPL]
Ending Life: Ethics and the way we die by Margaret Pabst Battin (2005) Includes a fascinating chapter on the death of Presidents John Adams and Thomas Jefferson on the exact same day … the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. [NHCPL]
Final Exit: The Practicalities of Self-Deliverance and Assisted Suicide for the Dying by Derek Humphrey (2010) The notorious “death manual.” Laws and ethics are outlined in a straightforward fashion. Not for the squeamish.
Patient-Directed Dying: A Call for the Legalized Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill by Tom Preston, M.D. (2006) This is must reading for anyone who wants to be in control of their life right up to the end. It is not a paean to suicide or an individual’s rights but rather a call for personal dignity and comfort.
Physician-Assisted Dying ed. by Timothy E. Quill, M.D. and Margaret P. Battin, Ph.D (2004) While this collection of articles is aimed at medical professionals, anyone with a serious interest in the topic will find a good amount of thought provoking information and up-to-date information. [NHCPL]
Right to Die and Euthanasia by Lisa Yount (2007) Comprehensive resource including overview of the topic, chronology of important events, a glossary of terms, and a comprehensive annotated bibliography. [NHCPL]
To Die Well by Sidney Wanzer M.D. and Joseph Glenmullen, M.D. (2007) Traces the history of the physician assisted death movement and its ethical and practical impacts upon physicians, patients, and their loved ones. [NHCP]
*** Books I personally think are exceptional either in content or readability or both. Worth buying.
This bibliography was prepared by Rebecca Taylor, Funeral Consumers Alliance – Costal Carolina. Notation of “NHCPL” means the New Hanover County Public Library.
Please check your local public library, or request titles by Interlibrary Loan. Virtually all titles are also available from online bookstores, like amazon.com, often in “used” and other inexpensive editions.,
Questions or for more copies contact:
Rebecca Taylor, President
Funeral Consumers Alliance Coastal Carolina
P.O. Box 4262
Wilmington, NC 28406