This text brings together spokespersons from several different disciplines who can present their arguments for or against rational suicide as a viable concept and, consequently, a realistic option.
The pros and cons of the discussion format bring the readers to search for their beliefs, and the final decision of acceptance or rejection of the concept is left to each individual reader.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Introduction to the Issue of Rational Suicide, James L. Werth; Part 1 Relevant Background Issues; Chapter 2 Can Suicide Be Rational? Yes, Sometimes, Margaret P. Battin; Chapter 3 Reasons, Rationality, and Ways of Life, Daniel Callahan; Chapter 4 The Catholic Condemnation of Rational Suicide, Father Robert Barry; Chapter 5 Is Rational Suicide Rational?, Gerald A. Larue; Chapter 6 The Influence of Rational Suicide on Nonrational Suicide, Steven Stack; Chapter 7 The Moral Imperative to Suicide, Samuel E. Wallace; Chapter 8 “Rational Suicide” As the New Jim Crow, Wesley J. Smith; Chapter 9 Physician-Assisted Dying, Kathryn L. Tucker; Part 2 Service Providers; Chapter 10 Rational Suicide: Life and Death Your Way, Lois Chapman Dick; Chapter 11 Counselors and Rational Suicide, Richard R. Ellis; Chapter 12 Nursing, Angela Albright; Chapter 13 A Nursing Position that Supports Rational Suicide, Margaret L. Campbell; Chapter 14 Are Compassionate Care and Suicide Mutually Exclusive?, Robin Bernhoft; Chapter 15 Physician-Assisted Rational Suicide, Richard MacDonald; Chapter 16 Rational Suicide, Mark J. Coldblatt; Chapter 17 A Psychiatric Perspective on Rational Suicide, Jerome A. Motto; Chapter 18 Psychology and Rational Suicide, Stephen Jamison; Chapter 19 Rational Suicide, Antoon A. Leenaars; Chapter 20 Rational Suicide, Jay Callahan; Chapter 21 In Support of Rational Suicide, Deborah Cummings; Chapter 22 The Presentation of Rational Suicide in Death Education, David K. Meagher; Chapter 23 Rational Suicide, Judith M. Stillion; Part 3 Special Populations; Chapter 24 The False Autonomy of Forced Choice, Carol J. Gill; Chapter 25 Rational Suicide and the Disabled Individual, Karen Hwang; Chapter 26 Arguments Against Rational Suicide, John L. McIntosh; Chapter 27 Suicide Can Be Rational for Senescent or Terminal Patients, Erdman B. Palmore; Chapter 28 A Personal Argument in Favor of Rational Suicide, Patty Rosen; Chapter 29 “Rational Suicide”, Adina Wrobleski; Chapter 30 Conclusion, Charlotte P. Ross;
James L. Werth