As the legal controversy continues—this newly revised and updated third edition of the landmark bestseller contains new, critically important information for patients, loved ones, and medical personnel. The original publication of Final Exit stunned the nation by offering people with terminal illness a choice on how—and when—to end their suffering. It helped thousands by giving clear instructions to doctors, nurses, and families on how to handle a patient's request for euthanasia. In the wake of court cases and legislative mandates, this revised and updated third edition goes far beyond the original to provide new information about the legality of euthanasia and assisted suicide, and a thoughtful examination of the personal issues involved. It has become the essential source to help loved ones and supportive doctors remain within existing laws and keep a person's dying intimate, private, and dignified. With deep compassion and sensitivity, it spells out why a living will may not be sufficient to have a person's wishes carried out—and what document is a better alternative. It updates where to get proper drugs and exactly how to carry out the quickest, most peaceful way to make a final exit. Finally, it gently talks to a person considering self-deliverance about alternatives, planning, and the means to make every death a "good death" at our time of greatest need.
Standing at the center of a heated controversy and sparking national debate, Final Exit has become a crucial handbook for people looking to end their suffering from unbearable pain due to terminal or incurable illness. This careful, concise, and compassionate manual includes: How to commit suicide with sleeping pills, preferably with the aid of a loved one. A chart listing lethal doses of fourteen drugs. Legal considerations, life insurance, and living wills. Finding the right doctor, hospice care, and pain control. Letters to leave behind and how to write a self-deliverance checklist. Psychological support groups for the dying and suicide hotlines for depression. Plus much more invaluable advice on self-deliverance and assisted suicide. For mature adults opting to end their lives or anyone interested in this controversial and timely topic, Final Exit, the only book of its kind, provides the answers
Humphry is the founder of the Hemlock Society. He is president of the Euthanasia Research and Guidance Organization. He was a newspaper reporter for 35 years.
"Until there is a law which would allow physicians to help people who want a Final Exit, here is Derek Humphry's book, fittingly named, to guide them." --Betty Rollin, author of First, You Cry and Last Wish "An honest, clear, compelling book." --Dr. Frederick R. Abrams, physician and ethicist
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