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The original publication of Final Exit in 1991 stunned the nation by offering people with terminal illness a choice on how–and when–to end their suffering. It helped thousands by giving clear instructions to doctors, nurses, and families on how to handle a patient’s request for euthanasia.

In the wake of court cases and legislative mandates, this revised and updated third edition goes far beyond the original to provide new information about the legality of euthanasia and assisted suicide, and a thoughtful examination of the personal issues involved. It has become the essential source to help loved ones and supportive doctors remain within existing laws and keep a person’s dying intimate, private, and dignified.

With deep compassion and sensitivity, author Derek Humphry spells out why a living will may not be sufficient to have a person’s wishes carried out–and what document is a better alternative. It updates where to get proper drugs and exactly how to carry out the quickest, most peaceful way to make a final exit. Finally, it gently talks to a person considering self-deliverance about alternatives, planning, and the means to make every death a “good death” at our time of greatest need.
Latest edition of ‘Final Exit’ (2019) available on Amazon Books, Walmart Books, KINDLE, and ebook or paperback (signed by author Derek Humphry) at

3 Responses to “‘Final Exit’ book still the gold standard”

  1. hibiscus says:

    I have read in several places on the Internet that nitrogen is discoverable on an autopsy (in the alveoli in the lungs) Is this accurate? The books, Final Exit and the Peaceful Pill Handbook states it is not found on an autopsy.


  2. ergo says:

    ANSWER : In an ordinary autopsy, these inert gases cannot be found. A scientific (and expensive) search will reveal this.
    I’ve only heard of such scientific search being done once — just to make a point.

  3. hibiscus says:

    Thanks. Is anything found on an autopsy on death by inert gas (nitrogen)? Is asphyxiation a finding? What is found to be the cause of death?

    ANSWER: Usually the coroner or medical examiner already knows from gossip, bedside literature, or the used inert gas equipment
    that was how the person died. No autopsy then. But be aware, anybody who removes the gas tank or plastic hood might be charged
    with the offense of interfering with a dead body. It has happened. Trying to hide the manner of death only leads to
    extensive police inquiries; the more puzzled they are the harder they’ll look. Honesty is the best policy.

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