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Euthanasia - Choice and Death

Gail Tulloch


Euthanasia has become increasingly contentious as populations age, and medical and scientific advances continue to transform and extend life. Euthanasia - Choice and Death examines the key philosophical arguments that have underpinned thinking and practice until now:

  • The centrality of choice to our notion of the human being;
  • The challenge of changes to our concept of death in the face of medical, scientific and technological advances.

Gail Tulloch develops a conception of dignity that does not depend on religious assumptions and can promote a broad ethical consensus in a liberal democracy. Examination of landmark cases and the approaches adopted by key countries - the U.S.A., the U.K., the Netherlands, and Australia - ground the book.


Part I: 1. Choice and Death
2. Stark Choices
Part 2: 3. Death and Dying in America
4. Legal Disputes over Death in England
5. Legalising Euthanasia in The Netherlands
6. A Legislative Experiment in Australia
List of References
Further Reading

About the Author

Gail Tulloch is now retired. She was a Research Fellow and Director of the research programme in Biomedical Ethics and Regulation at the Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance at Griffith University, in Brisbane, Australia. She is the author of Mill and Sexual Equality.


An extraordinary contribution in this area, providing insight into the many dilemmas faced by individuals, families and professionals. This work offers not only the opportunity to understand such debates but also provides numerous landmark case studies that will be useful for teachers and students alike.
- Wendy Moyle, PhD, RN Assoc Professor of Nursing and Chair of Griffith University Human Research Ethics Committee, Brisbane, Australia
A great book, easy to read and well-thought-through … Well worth reading.
- Law Society Journal

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