First published in 1997. Nina Clark offers a pithy and valuable record of the political battles so far over voluntary, medically-hastened death. The purpose of the study is to examine the different ways in which the American political system has responded to the issue of patient autonomy; to explore its viability as an object of direct democracy; and to study the political activity and attitudes of individuals in relation to physician assisted suicide, particularly the elderly.

chapter I|12 pages


chapter II|19 pages

Early Policy Developments

chapter III|30 pages

Court Responses