Year: 2002 Source: Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002. p.1-14 SIEC No: 20040154

This chapter introduces readers to the on-going debate over the legalization of assisted suicide & euthanasia. Basic arguments in favour of & opposing legalization are presented in order to familiarize readers with the current context of this debate. The origins of the word “euthanasia” are explored, & the history of euthanasia & assisted suicide as issues of interest in modern society is traced. International experiences of legalized euthanasia are discussed. An overview of the rest of the book is given.