Book Review: The Maintenance of Life: Preventing Social Death through Euthanasia Talk and End-of-Life Care – Lessons from the Netherlands

Frances Norwood’s book ‘The Maintenance of Life: Preventing Social Death through Euthanasia Talk and End- of-Life Care – Lessons from the Netherlands’ provides an in-depth look into end-of-life care in the Netherlands and how legal euthanasia has helped to shape this landscape.

The book draws on 15 months of qualitative data including direct observation and in-depth interviews with general practitioners, end-of-life patients and their family members.

Norwood argues that conversations concerning euthanasia rarely culminate in a euthanasia death. Furthermore, these discussions open up a more general discussion about end-of-life between patients, their families and healthcare professionals. They can provide a space for patients to talk about their suffering, reaffirming social bonds and self-identity, helping to prevent “social death.”

Norwood examines how the euthanasia policy in the Netherlands has shaped the experience of patients at the end-of-life and how this compares with the situation in the United States.

Reviewer – Erin VW Andrew

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One response to “Book Review: The Maintenance of Life: Preventing Social Death through Euthanasia Talk and End-of-Life Care – Lessons from the Netherlands

  1. dr george pradhan,mbbs/1950,india

    =Euthanasia! i am male 85,cancer esophagus under control for now, but dysphagia not, in spite of stents etc. I am taken good care of by family. I am still partime in AIDS daycare clinic.==Yet i know the use and value of death as a reliever, when i feel signs and symptoms of my life as of no use any more. I am a jesu man, and dont preach to me.#no one will kill me. so self-eutha is safe and simple for such like me.#==== only readers in end stage attempt reply.

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