Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A historical analysis of euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide in the United States
by Rodriguez, Fernando, M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2009, 51; 1466305
Abstract (Summary)

The right of terminally ill people to be given the choice to end their lives has been argued in courtrooms, hospitals and in the media for many years. This historical analysis looks at the major events in the euthanasia movement that shaped the battle for terminally ill people to be allowed an important option concerning end-of-life matters. Ethics as well as cultural beliefs are analyzed as major legal decisions are addressed throughout this study. Pro-euthanasia victories in Europe are also discussed in order to better understand recent policy changes that have taken place in America. The effects of the changes in policy on citizens and medical professionals as well as social workers are analyzed in order to evaluate the current and future impact of these changes.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Lopez, Rebecca A.
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 47/06M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Social work
Publication Number: 1466305
ISBN: 9781109171778
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