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Unformatted text preview: 841 51 Argument Casebook Assisted Suicide This chapter includes fi ve essays on the issue of legalized assisted suicide. The fi rst three, in favor of it, are written by a nurse, a doctor, and an individual with terminal cancer. Their essays argue that legal physician- assisted suicide is a humane choice and, in some cases, is the only way for people to maintain their dignity and humanity in the face of acute suf- fering. The last two essays, written by doctors, are against legalization of physician-assisted suicide. These essays reveal another side of what legal physician-assisted suicide could bring not a humane end but rather the triumph of cost-effectiveness over compassionate end-of-life care. As you will see when you read these fi ve essays, physician-assisted sui- cide is not an easy issue. It is, however, an issue that has signifi cance for all of us. Physical trauma can dramatically affect an individuals quality of life at any time. Any of us could be seriously injured in a traffi c accident or suddenly af icted with an untreatable disease. Some of you may already have an opinion on physician-assisted sui- cide. As you read the essays, however, consider carefully the arguments that they present. Try to imagine that someone you love is the patient, and evaluate the arguments as though you were going to have to make a decision about the end of that persons life. FOUR BASICS OF GOOD ARGUMENT 1. It takes a strong and defi nite position on an issue or advises a particular action. 2. It gives good reasons and supporting evidence to defend the position or recommended action. 3. It considers opposing views. 4. It has enthusiasm and energy from start to fi nish. READINGS 842 Part Eight Readings for Writers Legalized Assisted Suicide: In Favor Barbara Huttmann A Crime of Compassion Barbara Huttmann was middle-aged when she returned to school to study nursing, receiving her degree in 1976. She went on to earn a masters degree in nursing administration and later worked as an ad- ministrator for a health-care consulting fi rm. She is also the author of two books, The Patients Advocate (1981) and Code Blue: A Nurses True Story (1982), which recount her years in nursing school and her later years as a practicing nurse. The following essay, adapted from Code Blue for Newsweek maga- zine in 1983, focuses on her decision to honor a patients wishes to be allowed to die. GUIDING QUESTION What motivates Huttmann to act as she does? This selection has been omitted intentionally from your CourseSmart eBook due to electronic permissions issues. Regrettably, we cannot make this piece available to you in a digital format. You may be able to find a copy at your local or school library; the author and title are included in your eBook's table of contents....
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This note was uploaded on 04/02/2011 for the course COM 155 taught by Professor Williams during the Spring '10 term at University of Phoenix.

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