The modern art of dying: A history of Euthanasia in the United States

Shai J. Lavi*

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How we die reveals much about how we live. In this provocative book, Shai Lavi traces the history of euthanasia in the United States to show how changing attitudes toward death reflect new and troubling ways of experiencing pain, hope, and freedom. Lavi begins with the historical meaning of euthanasia as signifying an "easeful death." Over time, he shows, the term came to mean a death blessed by the grace of God, and later, medical hastening of death. Lavi illustrates these changes with compelling accounts of changes at the deathbed. He takes us from early nineteenth-century deathbeds governed by religion through the medicalization of death with the physician presiding over the deathbed, to the legalization of physician-assisted suicide.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationPrinceton, NJ
PublisherPrinceton University Press
Number of pages226
ISBN (Electronic)0691102635, 0691133905, 1282157213, 1400826772, 9780691102634, 9780691133904, 9786612157219
ISBN (Print)0691102635, 9780691133904
StatePublished - 2005

ULI Keywords

  • uli
  • Euthanasia -- United States -- History


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