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Damned if I Do

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This is the revealing, personal story of the man behind the controversial pro-euthanasia movement, told in his own words.

Medical doctor, humanist, author and founder/director of Exit International, Philip Nitschke's life has always been in the spotlight. The books spans Philip's early days, from his curious, activist student days in Adelaide, to working with Aboriginal
Paperback, 208 pages
Published September 2nd 2013 by Melbourne University Press
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Sep 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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I’d never heard of Australian Philip Nitschke before, and after reading this autobiography I’m surprised by that, as he is obviously a figure of considerable controversy and a larger-than-life character. He is a doctor, the founder of Exit International, and author of the best-selling guide to euthanasia, The Peaceful Pill. He believes that everyone has the right to end his or her life when they feel the time is right, and should be permitted to do so safely
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For me this book is part biography and part history of Nitschke’s involvement with the Voluntary Euthanasia movement in Australia and beyond. I really enjoyed the personal no holds barred stories of the larrikin adventurer Philip Nitschke - his life as student, his time as a gardener come activist at Wave Hill cattle station, as a Park Ranger, student again, tram conductor, doctor, sailor and pro euthanasia advocate are intriguing and fascinating reads. This man takes responsibility for his ...more
Andrew Roberts
Dec 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 stars - not because it was superbly written (very agreeable but nothing more) or contains a clearly laid-out and justified philosophy of a right to death (it does have the author's clear views but not in an academic structure) but because of its lack of pretension and it's authenticity. I picked it up because I want to engage with issues about voluntary euthanasia, and found out about a very interesting life (that includes a PhD in Physics - I share a physics background but not to the same ...more
Kaori Hilton
Mar 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
To me this book was a "must" read when contemplating on death. I agree with the author's opinion that every one should know the every option available to exit. Not to run away from challenges, but to choose the best way.
Heather Browning
Mar 05, 2017 rated it liked it
I've always vaguely known about Nitschke's work, but after seeing him speak a couple of years ago, I became really interested. I completely agree with his position about end-of-life choices, and am still surprised about how hard some people seem to fight against it. This book has a simple, conversational style (which made more sense once I read that it had mostly come from interviews) and goes into a lot of Nitschke's background, which I had known very little about.
Jan 14, 2017 rated it liked it
I certainly agree with the man's stance and life's work in general, and I think that he possesses "balls of steel" to have managed to carry on despite some really quite insane opposition. On this point I would like to express my opinion that his being struck off the Medical Register was unfair and largely "political". The fact that the Australian Government has seen fit to install all manner of Censorship under the guise of "protecting us from Terrorism" - when patently any protection from said ...more
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Philip Nitschke is an Australian humanist, author, former physician, and founder and director of the pro-euthanasia group Exit International.
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