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Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide: Lessons from Belgium - David Albert Jones, Chris Gastmans and Calum MacKellar (Eds)

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Examining the evidence from Belgium - one of only five countries where euthanasia is practised legally - an international panel of experts considers the implications of legalised euthanasia and assisted suicide. Looking at the issue from an international perspective, the authors have written an invaluable in-depth analysis of the ethical aspects of this complex area. The discussion forms a solid foundation for informed debate about assisted dying. With contributors from a broad range of disciplines, this is ideal for students, academics, legislators and anyone interested in legal, medical, social and philosophical ethics. This book is a vital and timely examination of a growing phenomenon and one of the most challenging ethical questions of our time.


David Albert Jones, Chris Gastmans and Calum MacKellar

Part I - Euthanasia Legislation in Belgium and Its Applications

A Discussion of the Legal Rules on Euthanasia in Belgium Briefly Compared with the Rules in Luxembourg and the Netherlands
Herman Nys

The Belgian Experience of Euthanasia Since Its Legal Implementation in 2002
Etienne Montero

Ethics and the Psychiatric Dimensions of Physician-Assisted Suicide: A View from the United States
Daniel P. Sulmasy

Part II - Euthanasia and End-of-Life Care

Assisted Dying: The Current Situation in Flanders: Euthanasia Embedded in Palliative Care
Paul Vanden Berghe, Arsène Mullie, Marc Desmet and Gert Huysmans

The Practice of Continuous Sedation at the End of Life in Belgium: How Does it Compare to UK Practice, and is it Being Used as a Form of Euthanasia?
Sigrid Sterckx and Kasper Raus

2002-2016: Fourteen Years of Euthanasia in Belgium: First-Line Observations by an Oncologist
Benoit Beuselinck

'A Last Act of Grace'? Organ Donation and Euthanasia in Belgium
Trevor Stammers

Part III - Euthanasia and Particular Vulnerable Groups

A Life Worth Living? Disabled People and Euthanasia in Belgium
Kevin Fitzpatrick and David Albert Jones

Euthanasia in Patients with Intolerable Suffering Due to an Irremediable Psychiatric Illness: A Psychiatric Perspective
Joris Vandenberghe

Euthanasia in Children: Keep Asking the Right Questions
Stefaan van Gool and Jan de Lepeleire

Euthanizing People Who Are 'Tired of Life'
Raphael Cohen-Almagor

Euthanasia in Persons with Severe Dementia
Chris Gastmans

Part IV - Euthanasia in Belgium: A Philosophical and Bioethical Discussion

Some Possible Consequences Arising from the Normalisation of Euthanasia in Belgium
Calum MacKellar

Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide in Belgium: Bringing an End to Interminable Discussion
David Albert Jones

Psychiatric Patients and the Culture of Euthanasia in Belgium
Willem Lemmens

Final Conclusions on Final Solutions
David Albert Jones, Chris Gastmans and Calum MacKellar

Paperback: 363 pages
Publisher: Cambridge University Press (2017)
Language: English
ISBN: 9781316648353