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The Dignified Death of Joseph Sherman

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When Joseph Sherman, a killer serving a life sentence in a state prison, is diagnosed with terminal cancer, he requests a physician-assisted death. Avalyn Robbins, his nurse, is charged with handing him the medication that will end his life. Forced into a role she does not wish to play, Avalyn must decide if she will show Joseph Sherman the dignity which he so viciously de ...more
Paperback, 262 pages
Published November 20th 2015 by Willow Ptarmigan Press
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Virginia Degnan
Feb 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
As society changes, its citizens must examine their own beliefs, morals, and values. Physician-assisted suicide is now legal in a few states. Usually one thinks about the suffering of the terminally ill when considering physician-assisted suicide. But what about the values and feelings of doctors being asked to assist? Or the nurses, or caregivers in the facilities housing the patient, or the next door neighbor? Where do their values and thoughts enter in? In The Dignified Death of Joseph Sherma ...more
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Jan 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
It is a rarity to get through a novel with a plot that hinges on an extremely controversial issue without feeling like you have been lectured or patronized, but Lawrence manages to accomplish this while telling an engaging, compelling story.

Lawrence's prose is tight and straightforward, his characters are carefully and sympathetically depicted, and the plot moves at a brisk pace. Despite the skill Lawrence demonstrates in telling this story, the setting (prison) and the subject matter (physician
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R.T. Lawrence is a physician who lives, works, and writes in Anchorage, Alaska.

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