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The Law of Life and Death

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Are you alive? What makes you so sure? Most people believe this question has a clear answer--that some law defines our status as living (or not) for all purposes. But they are dead wrong. In this pioneering study, Elizabeth Price Foley examines the many, and surprisingly ambiguous, legal definitions of what counts as human life and death.

Foley reveals that "not being dead"
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Hardcover, 304 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by Harvard University Press
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Philski
Nov 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
I picked up the book after reading some of Elizabeths' blog, and wasn't particularly interested at the beginning of the book but it got better and better as it went on. Very interesting on some of the peculiarities of defining life and death from a legal perspective, and the state of the medical art. Intriguing and brings up a lot of questions...
The Book : An Online Review at The New Republic
In eighty years or so, the average American goes from blob to person to blob. The middle phase of this continuum jangles with the bells and whistles of personhood—rights, interests, human dignity, legal protections, the works.Read more...
Kate
Jun 25, 2011 rated it liked it
Dense and full of law and legal arguments. Still readable. Challenges commonly held notions of what it means to be in a persistent vegetative state or minimally conscious. Lays out legal arguments involved in right-to-die and right-to-life arguments in lucid and neutral manner.
Ana
Oct 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Well written book. Lots of legal stuff but that is expected considering the title. It made me think allot on the subject and is a difficult decision to come upon. Neutral unbiased facts.
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