Year: 2003 Source: New York: Macmillan Reference USA, 2003. p.259-264 SIEC No: 20040878

This encyclopedia entry explores the issues that have come to surround death & dying over the last century as a result of medical technologies that can prolong life. The difficulties of defining “death”, the assessment of life quality, the weight of patients’ interests, & the practicing of assisted suicide & euthanasia are all considered. (19 refs)