A Time to Die: The Place for Physician Assistance

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Drawing on in-depth interviews with people who were dying and with the physicians who cared for them, as well as on his own experiences as a physician, Dr. Charles McKhann argues persuasively that physician-assisted dying should be made legally available under certain circumstances. A comprehensive and thoughtful guide to the hotly contested issue of physician-assisted death. The author draws on extensive clinical experience in the treatment of patients with cancer, detailed interviews with seriously ill patients and the clinicians who care for them, and a thorough survey of the literature. . . . The book should be very helpful to those who are uncertain about where they stand on this deeply challenging issue. -Franklin G. Miller, New England Journal of Medicine A compelling read that is well researched, controversial, and unobtrusively personal. -John T. Sinnott, M.D., Journal of the American Medical Association An excellent book that reflects the views of a compassionate and experienced clinician on an issue that is of growing concern in our nation. It deserves to be read by all physicians whose work brings them into contact with terminally ill patients. In addition, it could be of interest to the increasing number of elderly people and their families who may have to confront this issue at some point in their lives. -Judd Marmor, Psychiatric Times Named one of the Outstanding Academic Books of 1999 by Choice