For Researchers

Enjoy this selection of articles and books about physician-assisted dying and related issues. Note that the listing on this page of any particular work does not constitute our endorsement thereof.

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Academic Articles

This list of peer-reviewed journal articles about physician-assisted dying and related issues is organized by topic:

Implementation of Death with Dignity Legislation

Healthcare Professionals on Death with Dignity

Legal Challenges

End of Life Care

Palliative Sedation and Voluntary Refusal of Treatment or Food & Fluids


Academic (research, discussion)

  • Battin, Margaret P. Ethical Issues in Suicide, Prentice-Hall, 1995.
  • ___________. Least Worst Death: Essays in Bioethics on the End of Life. Oxford University Press, 1994.
  • Colby, William. Long Goodbye, 2002.
  • Dworkin, Ronald. Life’s Dominion: An Argument About Abortion, Euthanasia, and Individual Freedom. Knopf, 1993.
  • Hillyard, Daniel & John Dombrink. Dying Right: The Death with Dignity Movement. Routledge, 2001.
  • ___________. Dying Right: The Death with Dignity Movement, 2001.
  • Humphry, Derek. Jean’s Way, 1978.
  • ___________. Final Exit: The Practicalities of Self-Deliverance and Assisted Suicide for the Dying, 1992.
  • ___________. Freedom to Die: People, Politics, and the Right-to-Die Movement, 2000.
  • ___________. Let Me Die Before I Wake, a Supplement to Final Exit, 2002.
  • ___________. The Good Euthanasia Guide: Where, what, and who in choices in dying, 2004
  • ___________. Good Life, Good Death: Memoir of an investigative reporter and pro-choice advocate, 2008.
  • Katz, Jay & Alexander Morgan Capron. The Silent World of Doctor and Patient, 1984.
  • MacFarlane, Rodger and Philip Bashe. The Complete Bedside Companion: No Nonsense Advice on Caring for the Seriously Ill, 1998.
  • Neumann, Ann. The Good Death: An Exploration of Dying in America. Beacon Press, 2016.
  • Preston, Tom. Patient-Directed Dying: A Call for Legalized Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill, 2006
  • Quill, Timothy E. Caring for Patients at the End of Life, 2001.
  • ___________. Caring for Patients at the End of Life: Facing an Uncertain Future Together. Oxford University Press, 2001.
  • ___________. A Midwife Through the Dying Process: Stories of Healing and Hard Choices at the End of Life. Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996.
  • ___________. Death and Dignity: Making Choices and Taking Charge. W.W. Norton & Co., 1993.
  • ___________. A Midwife Through the Dying Process: Stories of Healing and Hard Choices at the End of Life, 1996.
  • Quill, Timothy E. & Margaret P. Battin. Physician-Assisted Dying: The Case For Palliative Care and Patient Choice, 2004.
  • Rollin, Betty. Last Wish, 1985.
  • Snyder, Lois and Timothy E. Quill. Physician’s Guide to End-of-Life Care. American College of Physicians, 2001.
  • ___________. Physician’s Guide to End-of-Life Care, 2001.
  • Wanzer, Sidney. To Die Well: Your Right to Comfort, Calm, and Choice in the Last Days of Life, 2007.
  • Webb, Marilyn. The Good Death: The New American Search to Reshape the End of Life. Bantam Books, 1997.
  • Werth, James L., Jr. Rational Suicide: Implications for Mental Health Professionals. Taylor & Francis, 1996.

Creative Nonfiction (memoir, essay)