Year: 2003 Source: New York: Macmillan Reference USA, 2003. p.267-273 SIEC No: 20040876

This encyclopedia entry explores the origins of the concept of euthanasia, or a “good death”; defines what distinguishes (voluntary, nonvoluntary, & involuntary) euthanasia from assisted suicide; & presents the most popular arguments currently made in favour of & in opposition to the practice. Legalization of euthanasia in The Netherlands, the Australian Northern Territories, & the state of Oregon is also discussed. (13 refs)