Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA.
Margaret P. Battin's new book Ending Life: Ethics and the Way We Die is a collection of her articles and stories, about half from the last 5 years, the rest dating mostly to the early 1990s, although the two pieces of fiction were written in 1981 and 1975. The majority are reprints, although some items (including the fiction) appear here for the first time. Arguments about physician-assisted suicide are at the core of the book, although it also addresses a fascinating array of related issues.
Purdy L. Ending Life. JAMA. 2006;295(7):830-831. doi:10.1001/jama.295.7.830-b