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.
|Place of Publication||Princeton, NJ|
|Publisher||Princeton University Press|
|Number of pages||226|
|ISBN (Electronic)||0691102635, 0691133905, 1282157213, 1400826772, 9780691102634, 9780691133904, 9786612157219|
|ISBN (Print)||0691102635, 9780691133904|
|State||Published - 2005|
- Euthanasia -- United States -- History