From Publishers Weekly First as a professional thanatologist and then as a witness to the painful dying of a family member, Jamison describes the impetus of the research project on which he based this book. In contacts with nearly 200 people from various walks of life, he was made privy to their roles in assisted deaths. Eschewing current medical and legal controversy, Jamison focuses on the issue of control, whether a person is dying, helping another to die or providing care. What he describes as guidelines for self-exploration are offered as preparation in cases of terminal illness and intractable pain. Although claims of neutrality are made by Jamison, he is a former director of the Hemlock Society, U.S.A. This sensitive guide could be a valuable resource for anyone who must face the issue of assisted death. Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. Read more From Library Journal Jamison, a social psychologist and national spokesperson on assisted dying, presents a loving and mindful alternative approach to the no-nonsense Kevorkian method of assisted suicide. While this may well serve as a manual to assisted death, it differs from similar books, such as Derek Humphrey's Final Exit (The Hemlock Society, 1991) in that Jamison goes beyond the sometimes grisly practicalities by placing human relationships paramount in all considerations of the dying process and arguing that assisted death is an extraordinary act to be undertaken only as an extreme measure. Jamison provides the individual with guidelines for self-exploration that will bring about a clearer understanding of motives as well as facilitate a 'good death.' Advice on how to open avenues of discussion with others is included, as are guidelines for those considering assisting in a death. Chapters intended to prepare the individual for the final decision include practical guidance on where to go for information, where to secure the means for assisted death, and what happens when things go wrong. Any library that includes Final Exit in its collection can fill a gap by providing this collection of thoughtful guidelines for a good death. Particularly timely, it is highly recommended without any hesitations.Dana L. Brumbelow, Auburn P.L., Ala.Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. Read more See all Editorial Reviews
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