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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Dying in America: A historical analysis of physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia
by Britt, Crystal A., M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2012, 72; 1517590
Abstract (Summary)

The right-to-die movement has a rich history in the United States. It is a topic that has been vigorously debated on television and in courtrooms. This historical analysis explores the societal, political and historical context as it relates to right-to-die legislation. The effects of eugenics as well as relatively recent advances in medical technology are also explored as related to complications within the dying process. Cultural implications of right-to-die legislation are explored in regard to both patients who utilize these bills and the physicians who face their own cultural barriers. The effects of right-to-die legislation are examined as they relate to social work and medical ethics in order to understand implications for practice and future research.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Gurrola, Maria
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 51/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Social work
Publication Number: 1517590
ISBN: 978-1-267-45990-9
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