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BOOK REVIEW
Year : 2014  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 1115

Legalizing euthanasia: A pedagogue's perspective


Department of Radiation Oncology, Dr. Balabhai Nanavati Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Date of Web Publication9-Jan-2015

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Nagraj G Huilgol
Department of Radiation Oncology, Dr. Balabhai Nanavati Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra
India
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Huilgol NG. Legalizing euthanasia: A pedagogue's perspective. J Can Res Ther 2014;10:1115

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Huilgol NG. Legalizing euthanasia: A pedagogue's perspective. J Can Res Ther [serial online] 2014 [cited 2019 Nov 19];10:1115. Available from: http://www.cancerjournal.net/text.asp?2014/10/4/1115/148974




Author: Dr. Sharmila Ghuge

Publisher: Himalaya Publishing House - 2015

Year of Publication: 2015

Debate on euthanasia periodically occupies center stage in the popular press. Ironically, India with a rich heritage of philosophical discourse on death seems to be stuck in a time warp. The debates still reflect colonial and slavish mindset. It was necessary to have an India centric debate. This book partially fulfills that need. The book is based on the author thesis submitted for the doctoral programme. It covers ethical and medicolegal aspects of euthanasia as well as laws governing the same in various countries of the world. The chapter on medicolegal aspects of euthanasia is well written. It covers various types of euthanasia with clarity. However, author floundered while discussing topics which are medical in nature.

A need for constitutional correction and legislative response includes a model law of proposed bill for legalizing euthanasia. Some of the definitions herein need further refinement and polishing. The list of diseases is short though indicative of the spirit of the proposed law. Numbering of the tables would have helped for referencing. A help from a language editor would have made it more readable. Dr Ghuge makes an interesting distinction between mercy liking and euthanasia. Discussing issues related to law is her strength. For instance discussion about death does not go Manu or the famous icchamaran of Bhisma. Jainism which classifies death in to 64 types has not been discussed at all.

It is a book worth buying. I got it online.




 

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