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The Oregon Death with Dignity Act turns 25 today. On November 8, 1994, Oregonians voted to pass the first assisted dying law in the U.S. and the world, demonstrating their belief that terminally ill patients deserved the right to choose how they die. The historic vote came after a hard-fought campaign led by a dedicated […]

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It’s interesting that suddenly the UK police are asking for a reform of the law forbidding assisted dying. There have been about a dozen attempts to change the law since l936 and all failed. Britain lags behind many other countries which have approved careful, thoughtful death with dignity laws. The Police and Crime Commissioner for […]

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New voluntary assisted dying clinic opens in Basel, Switzerland Pegasos Swiss Association (https://pegasos-association.com/) Established in August 2019, Pegasos is a Swiss voluntary assisted dying (VAD) association based in Basel, Switzerland. Pegasos was founded in August 2019 by the same Swiss professionals who helped 104-year old Professor David Goodall to die in Basel in May 2018. […]

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A book just published you might consider ordering from Amazon books. The title seems self explanatory! O, LET ME NOT GET ALZHEIMER’S, SWEET HEAVEN! Why many people prefer death or active deliverance to living with dementia (paperback) By Colin Brewer MD [I’ve seen an advance copy; it is very informative and also has an Advance […]

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The demographics of patients seeking medical aid in dying (MAID) seem to be similar in both Oregon and Washington, according to a study published in JAMA Network Open. In a group of 3,368 prescriptions from 1998 to 2017 in Oregon and 2009 to 2017 in Washington, most patients in both states were insured, non-Hispanic white, […]

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Two new books of interest, both by psychiatrists who believe in the philosophy of assisted dying when desired and appropriate: “A Dignified Ending: Taking Control Over How We Die” by Lewis Mitchel Cohen, MD. Hardback. (Rowman & Littlefield, NY 2019) +++++ “O, Let Me Not Get ALZHEIMER’S Sweet Heaven! Why Many People Prefer Death or […]

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Published annual reports from the Oregon Health Authority and Washington State Department of Health that ranged from 1998 to 2017 in Oregon and from 2009 to 2017 in Washington show some interesting facts about how the law is used. They found that 2,558 – 76% – of the 3,368 written prescriptions resulted in patients’ deaths, […]

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After the publication of ‘Final Exit‘ in l991, it was often used by writers to illustrate their works, particularly TV. Wikipedia’s entry on the book lists 11 such instances Book still selling consistently in 2019. It has never won any prizes — but I suppose you wouldn’t expect that a how-to book on dying well […]

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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, […]

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Literature from Derek Humphry: Final Exit, Digital Edition eBook or paperack in the mail. Updated 25th Anniversary Edition and ‘How To Make Your Own Inert Gas Hood Kit’ 06/2019 Go to https://www.finalexit.org

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