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Culture, Medicine, Politics And The Right To Die

ISBN 9780367157456
Published September 30, 2020 by Routledge
312 Pages

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Right-to-die issues are no longer confined to the back corridors of hospitals or the front pages of newspapers that trumpet news of Dr. Kevorkian's latest assisted suicide. A perverse combination of high-tech medicine, consumerism, demographic trends, and economic realities is forcing increasing numbers of Americans and their families to deal with

Table of Contents

Preface -- Policy Restraint and the Denial of Death -- Policy Restraint and the Cultural Context of Death -- Policy Activism and Medical Technology: Emergence of the Right-to-Die Scenario -- Policy Activism and Medical Professionalism: The Doctor-Patient Disconnection -- Social Activism and Health-Care Consumerism -- Social Activism and the Happy-Death Movement -- Policy Mediation in the State Courts: Consensus on the Cutting Edge -- Policy Mediation and the State Legislatures: Common Ground, Divergence, and Liberal Trends -- Policy Activism, Restraint, Mediation, and the Right to Die

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James M. Hoefler is associate professor of political science and coordinator of the policy studies program at Dickinson College. He is the coauthor with Brian Kamoie of Deathright: Culture, Medicine, Politics, and the Right to Die (WestviewPress 1994) and is the coauthor with A. Lee Fritschler of Smoking and Politics: Policy Making and the Federal Bureaucracy (1996).