Damned if I do

Peter Corris, Philip Nitschke
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Damned if I do

Published

2 September 2013

ISBN

9780522861419

Pages

208

Weight

363g

Size

234mm x 157mm

Imprint

Melbourne University Press

Damned if I do

Peter Corris, Philip Nitschke
The extraordinary life of Australia's most controversial doctor
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 book spans Philip's early days, from his curious, activist student days in Adelaide, to working with Aboriginal land rights groups in Australia's Far North; to his successful campaign to have euthanasia legalised in Australia and his assistance in four people ending their lives before the law was overturned.
It covers the controversy surrounding Philip's work, including the banning in Australia of his international bestselling book The Peaceful Pill, and disturbing reports that many young people overdosed on Nembutal, the drug that Exit International recommends for suicide.
Ultimately, Philip believes that the right to one's own death is as fundamental as the right to control one's own life: 'It seems we demand…
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 book spans Philip's early days, from his curious, activist student days in Adelaide, to working with Aboriginal land rights groups in Australia's Far North; to his successful campaign to have euthanasia legalised in Australia and his assistance in four people ending their lives before the law was overturned.
It covers the controversy surrounding Philip's work, including the banning in Australia of his international bestselling book The Peaceful Pill, and disturbing reports that many young people overdosed on Nembutal, the drug that Exit International recommends for suicide.
Ultimately, Philip believes that the right to one's own death is as fundamental as the right to control one's own life: 'It seems we demand humans to live with indignity, pain and anguish whereas we are kinder to our pets when their suffering becomes too much.'

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Peter Corris

Peter Corris

Co-author Peter Corris is an academic, historian, journalist and a popular novelist of historical and crime fiction.

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Philip Nitschke

Philip Nitschke

Dr Philip Nitschke is the founder and director of the pro-euthanasia group Exit International.

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