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Denial of the Soul: Spiritual and Medical Perspectives on Euthanasia (1997)

by M. Scott Peck

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  Jway | Apr 18, 2016 |
The next book was M. Scott Peck’s Denial of the Soul. In this 260 page book was one that I really enjoyed. M. Scott Peck, M.D. is a psychiatrist and author. He did a wonderful job making the reader think about the topic. He spattered the book with insightful stories, personal accounts and some patient cases. This book was about the topic of dying and euthanasia. I took from his book a respect for religions, God or deity as the author of our life, the social climate during the writing of that book, and a combination of psycho-religious factors that he would consider while doing the work of depression and death. He views the soul as a spirit that can be developed and that we face selfishness or more of word arrogance. He covered Dr. Kuber-Ross’s grief/loss cycle and applied it to various people and situations. Something I noticed right away was Dr. Peck calling God a "she" throughout this book and I found that interesting. I know that he sees God as nurturing and caring and wonder if that’s why he called God a “her” but I’m not sure. He also talked a lot about ethical issues, being a physician and the Hippocratic oath and other Dr.’s that participate in assisted suicide, concepts of jurisprudence, philosophy, and religion. This book was a a wonderfully thought provoking work. He sets up a continuum in presenting issues like in a philosophy class that I loved. I’d love to talk to somebody about this book so I hope some of you have either read it or will read it and then come share your thoughts. On a 5 star rating scale (5 being the highest) I would give his book at least a 4. ( )
  DrT | Apr 27, 2011 |
couldn't get into this one, only read about one fifth of it.
  john257hopper | Apr 14, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0517708655, Hardcover)

The author of The Road Less Traveled, the bestselling and most influential book of psychiatric and spiritual instruction in modern times, now offers a deeply moving meditation on what euthanasia reveals about the status of the soul in our age. Its trenchant and sensitive treatment of the subject will define our humanity for generations to come.

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Forcefully argues against euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide on demand and sees euthanasia as a failure to fulfil our nature as human beings, which includes the experiences of suffering and loss.

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