support her opinions. She has conducted surveys of doctors, nurses, the clergy and nursing home residents. The results of these surveys are surprising. More people secretly advocate euthanasia than I ever realized. In this book, Russell allows for opponents to voice their views and questions. She offers sound rebuttals to these ideas and comes up with some excellent answers. I really liked the way she did this, as it permitted me to see both sides of a complex issue at once. Some of the material presented in this book made me re-examine my point of view. Shelp, Earl E. Born to Die? Deciding the Fate of Critically Ill Newborns. New York: The Free Press, 1986. Print. The information in this book covers a multitude of situations, some I had never considered. The graphic description of a baby born with a horrible skin disease, much like having his body covered by third-degree burns, really swayed my point of view. My oldest boy suffered burns over 20% of his body last summer, and I saw the kind of pain he went through. I am just thankful he was able to be treated. This little baby couldn't be touched, because to do so tore his skin. He couldn't eat orally, because his mouth and throat would blister, and any movement caused him great pain. The doctors predicted he would die in a matter of days with or without treatment. This is the one case that made me think that, yes, maybe there are times when active euthanasia just might be the best alternative.
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