Book review: Life and Death in Healthcare Ethics: a short introduction
Can a human being cease to be a human person - for example, a foetus in utero or someone in a persist. ent vegetative state? At what point does an embryo attain human status and full human rights of protection? In under 100 pages, but weighing philosophically a hundredweight, The book systematically deconstructs all the possible arguments that can be given in support of euthanasia, “letting die,” abortion, and embryo wastage as a consequence of in vitro fertilisation.
This unidirectional and thorough treat. ment leaves you with a strange sense of dis. comfort and emptiness at the end of each chapter. The discussion leads you through the twists and turns of each situation to a final conclusion that, theoretically at least, there can be no defence of any situation that brings about death. Central to this non. religious and natural philosophy is that all forms of human existence, be it