A merciful end the euthanasia movement in modern america ian dowbiggin this is the first full history of the euthanasia movement in the us it tells for the first time the dramatic story of those reformers who struggled throughout the twentieth century to change the nations attidues towards mercy killing and assisted suicide. Judging from its unfortunate title a merciful end the euthanasia movement in modern america would appear to be just another in the dreary collection of recent books extolling assisted suicide as a curative to the tyranny of modern medical paternalism and a necessary adjunct to the right of personal autonomy but as the old saying goes one should not judge a book by its cover. A merciful end offers two explanations for the very limited success of the american euthanasia movement one was a bitter division between the radicals and the moderates within . Ian dowbiggin talks about his book a merciful end the euthanasia movement in modern america published by oxford university pressmr dowbiggin examines the evolution of the euthanasia movement . While it may seem that debates over euthanasia began with jack kervorkian the practice of mercy killing extends back to ancient greece and beyond in america the debate has raged for well over a century now in a merciful end ian dowbiggin offers the first full scale historical account of one of
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