Year: 2000 Source: New York, NY: The Guilford Press, 2000. p.255-276 SIEC No: 20020340

This chapter provides an overview of the most significant developments of the past 5 years in the United States related to the dying process. Because of the significant controversy associated with this issue, the emphasis is placed on situations involving the possibility of physician-assisted death. In order to best convey the trends, the chapter is divided into several major sections. The first is on the Oregon Death With Dignity Act, followed by material on legislative activity, court decisions, & the activities of professional organizations. The chapter concludes with projections for the future. (90 refs.)