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Dispatch: 23 January 2017
Case for Physician Assisted Suicide/McLean, Sheila/Paper/0044409834/S050-B2
Physician assisted suicide occurs when a terminally ill patient takes the decision to end their own life with the help of their doctor. It is a scenario which both frightens people and inflames moral passions. In this courageous and informative book the authors argue clearly and forcefully for the legalisation of physician assisted suicide. They say: * Medical advances mean more and more terminally ill patients will be kept alive against their wishes. * The autonomy of the patient must always be the deciding factor. * Physicians are best placed to provide the means for suicide. * It is already happening in Britain anyway. Containing original research, historical contexts and cogent analysis, this powerful document by two acknowledged experts in the field is essential reading for anyone concerned with the ethics of medicine. Shiela McLean is the International Bar Association Professor of Law and Ethics in Medicine at the University of Glasgow. Together with Alison Britton she has conducted original research into physician assisted suicide.