Unplugged: Reclaiming Our Right to Die in America

Unplugged Reclaiming Our Right to Die in America Medical technology has helped mankind conquer tuberculosis polio and countless other once certain death diseases It has given us hope against cancer and AIDS allowed heart and brain surgeries that

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  • Title: Unplugged: Reclaiming Our Right to Die in America
  • Author: William H. Colby
  • ISBN: 9780814401606
  • Page: 296
  • Format: Paperback
  • Medical technology has helped mankind conquer tuberculosis, polio, and countless other once certain death diseases It has given us hope against cancer and AIDS, allowed heart and brain surgeries that have saved untold numbers of lives, and delivered us from the pain and crippling legacy of injury Medical technology, it seems, is a never ending string of miracles.But it iMedical technology has helped mankind conquer tuberculosis, polio, and countless other once certain death diseases It has given us hope against cancer and AIDS, allowed heart and brain surgeries that have saved untold numbers of lives, and delivered us from the pain and crippling legacy of injury Medical technology, it seems, is a never ending string of miracles.But it is also a double edged sword More often than not, death today happens because of a decision to stop doing something, or to not do it at all As the tragic life and death of Terri Schiavo so poignantly illustrated, universal definitions of life, death, nature, and many other concepts are elusive at best Unplugged addresses the fundamental questions of the right to die debate, and discusses how the medical advances that bring so much hope and healing have also helped to create today s dilemma.This compelling book explores recent high profile cases, including that of Mrs Schiavo, and illuminates the complex legal, ethical, medical, and deeply personal issues of a debate that ultimately affects us all Compassionate and beautifully written, the book helps readers understand the implications of current laws and proposed legislation, various medical options including hospice , and the typical end of life decisions we all must face in order to make informed decisions for ourselves and our loved ones.The hardcover edition of Unplugged was chosen by The Library Journal as one of the Best Consumer Health Books of 2006.

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    1. For my Senior Capstone Research Project I was told to pick a nonfiction book about my topic of Physician Assisted Suicide. I came upon this book and was fascinated with all the information it contained. While we mostly associate nonfiction books with boring and just purely information, I found that this book actually contained stories making it a very easy read. I was able to read this book with no problem all the while learning about a topic I am to write a research paper on. This book contains [...]

    2. This book is written by the lawyer who represented, among other clients relevant to this subject, Nancy Cruzan’s family in a right-to-die case before the Supreme Court. Despite his familiarity with many technical and legal arguments on the matter, he keeps this book’s required level of expertise to an accessible level. His style moves the book steadily along and is enjoyable enough. This book spends ample time going over the specific case histories of prominent people in the field such as th [...]

    3. This book was written by the lawyer who fought to let Nancy Cruzan die, and that has given him a unique perspective on dying, death, and the transition from one to the other. Altho the book starts with a blow-by-blow account of Terry Schiavo's dying and death, it then segues into the serious questions: How do you want to die? Where? How much do you want done or not done along the way? When would you want to stop? Not surprisingly, he offers no answers. But he does share his personal decisions, a [...]

    4. This book should be mandatory for everyone. It's so thoughtful and NOT dogmatic in discussing end-of-life issues that affect us ALL. Plus, it's very well written. The title, however, might make you think that Colby is pushing for physician assisted suicide, or that he's perched at the outer limits of current thought on the subject. He's only "out there" in the sense that he's written this book (and spent the better part of his life) directly addressing an aspect of living that our society is pat [...]

    5. Admittedly, it is difficult to plug a book written by a lawyer about death--however this is a fascinating and well-written piece. Although I may disagree with some of his stances: his fear of euthanasia (which I am for) and his fear of eugenics (which I am for, if voluntarily practiced); his book raises some interesting and timely questions about death and how our society deals with it. How you live is important. How you die is important too.

    6. This was a well-researched and important book. Talk to your loved ones about dying. Do it now. You never know what's going to happen. Appoint somebody as your health care proxy and maybe a backup or two. Make sure they know what you'd want.

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