Right to Die: The Law of End-of-Life Decisionmaking
I am pleased and delighted to work with law professors Alan Meisel and Kathy Cerminara as a co-author on the Right to Die: The Law of End-of-Life Decisionmaking. This 1400-page legal treatise from Wolters-Kluwer is THE authoritative legal reference source on issues relating to end-of-life medical treatment.
The first edition of The Right to Die was published in 1989. The second edition was published in 1995. The third edition was published in 2004. But the editions do not really matter, because the entire book is updated semi-annually. Ask your library to order a copy today.
The Right to Die, Third Edition analyzes the statutory and case law surrounding the profound issues of end-of-life decisionmaking. Whether the situation calls for long-term planning or quick, unexpected decisionmaking, this cogent, one source treatise guides you through all the available channels for helping your clients reach the ultimate resolution.
This comprehensive edition guides general practitioners, elder law, health law, and health care professionals through complex issues pertaining to passive and active hastening of death and such subsequent statutes as The Oregon Death with Dignity Act. Also covered are such issues as:
Civil and Criminal liability for such efforts
Health care powers of attorney
Palliative medical care
Decisionmaking for children and newborns
Surrogate decisionmaking statutes
Resolution in a clinical versus a court setting
And much more
Table of Contents
The 1400-page treatise is divided into 13 chapters:
What is the Right to Die
Nature and Sources of the Right to Die
The Appropriate Forum for End-of-Life Decisionmaking: Courts or Clinical Settings
Decisionmaking Standards for Incompetent Patients
Limitations on End-of-Life Decisionmaking
Application of End-of-Life Principles to Particular Treatments and Illnesses
Surrogate (Family) Decisionmaking Statutes
Decisionmaking for Children
Decisionmaking for Handicapped Newborns
Criminal Liability: Assisted Suicide and Active Euthanasia