Critical Notices/Etudes critiques

Deliberating on Death1

L. W. Sumnera1

a1 University of Toronto

As a distinct academic subdiscipline medical ethics is only about fifteen years old, but during that brief lifespan it has managed to generate a literature so vast that only specialists and speedreaders can now hope to keep up with more than a small fraction of it. When a literature has achieved this density new contributions must bear the burden of showing that they advance the existing state of the art. Eike-Henner W. Kluge's book joins a well-established continuing debate on the morality of euthanasia. Unfortunately, however, it fails to add much of importance to that debate.


1 Eike-Henner W. Kluge, The Ethics of Deliberate Death (Port Washington, NY: Kennikat Press, 1981), pp. 154, $17.50. Page references to this book are given in parentheses in the text [OpenURL Query Data]  [Google Scholar].