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60 Minutes: Was It Murder?

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In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Memorial Medical Center was flooded in 10 feet of water and lost power for four days. But among the dead in the hospital were four people the attorney general claimed to have not died from illness or the horrific conditions in the hospital, but from murder. Morley Safer reports.
Online
2007; 2006
UVA Library (Item is on order)
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The Death of Nancy Cruzan

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The story of Nancy Cruzan's near fatal automobile accident and her family's three and one half year legal battle which became the first right-to-die case heard by the Supreme Court.
DVD
1992
Law (Klaus Reading Room) Map
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Death by Doctor

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Mike Wallace interviews Jack Kevorkian on the subjects of euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide.
VHS
1998
Ivy (By Request)
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Death on Request

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This documentary records Cees de Joode as he, his wife Antoinette, and his doctor choose euthanasia to end his suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)-- the incurable degenerative muscle disease also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. It chronicles the period after which Cees made this decision, the many visits his doctor paid on him and Antoinette, and the actual administration of the lethal injection. When the time comes, the doctor makes a final trip to see his patient "with lead in his shoes." Cees toasts their health, sips his last port, and slowly directs his wheelchair to his bed, where he will end his life peacefully, as he wished, with his wife and doctor present.
VHS
1994
Ivy (By Request)
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Who Should Survive?: One of the Choices on Our Conscience

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A panel discusses the ethical, legal and scientific issues involved in the case of a mongoloid baby whose parents refused to grant permission for the necessary surgery to correct intestinal obstruction.
Journal / MagazineVHS
 
Health Sciences (Rare Shelves)
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Who Should Survive?: One of the Choices on Our Conscience

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A panel discusses the ethical, legal and scientific issues involved in the case of a mongoloid baby whose parents refused to grant permission for the necessary surgery to correct intestinal obstruction.
VHS
1972
Ivy (By Request)
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Please Let Me Die: The Wish of a Blind Severely Maimed Burn Patient

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A documentary about the ethical and legal questions involved when a severely maimed burn victim expresses his right to die.
VHS
1974
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Dax's Case

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This gripping documentary poses the ultimate bioethical problem. Does a patient have the right to refuse treatment? Taking the painful case of Dax Cowart, who in his twenties was critically burned in a propane gas explosion, the film examines the issue from all perspectives. The accident left Dax sightless, helpless, disfigured, and in constant pain. He insisted that he did not want to live, for it was clear that he would always be severely handicapped. During his long hospitalization he was subjected to painful treatments, which he demanded to have terminated. But he was denied the right to make the decision. The film spans a ten-year period, allowing one the perspective of time. Dax made a great deal of progress over the years. He moved into his own house, started a business and ma [...]
Online
1984
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Defining Life

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What does one do when a terminally-ill loved one asks for help in committing suicide? This is one of the issues this thought provoking film addresses through the stories of people who had to make difficult choices. Defining Life goes beyond the debate of withdrawing life support in a hospital. Dr. Jack Kevorkian is shown speaking about his views on euthanasia. The film then focuses on the case of Bernard Harper and his terminally ill wife, Ginger. She begged to have her life ended so she would not have to suffer. For abetting her suicide, Harper was charged with murder. After an emotional trial the court found him innocent. On the other hand, we see the case of Luane, who was left helpless and in a vegetative state after a car accident in 1954. Her family never considered "letting he [...]
Online
1992
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Is This Life Worth Living? [electronic resource]

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Through the personal experiences of three families, this documentary explores the ethical issues involved in sustaining the life of a severely brain damaged or comatose patient. It explores the plight of Patricia Brophy, who fought a legal battle for permission to remove her husband s feeding tube after he lapsed into a vegetative state. Then we meet the Barashes, who are emotionally and financially exhausted from caring for their helpless 12-year-old son. He was saved by heroic measures at birth, despite their wishes to the contrary. For another point of view we meet the Micros who will not give up on their brain damaged son after an accident in the Marine Corps. Our society is reluctantly allowing a mentally competent person to refuse life-lengthening measures. Who then should make [...]
Online
1989
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Preparing for Death: What to Do?

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Panelists comment on the roles that theologians, psychologists, lawyers, hospice staff, physicians and other health personnel can play as one anticipates death.
DVD
1994
Health Sciences (Rare Shelves)
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Dying, Death and Bereavement [electronic resource]

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Discusses the services older people need to deal with dying and death. Elders describe their views on widowhood and management of grief. Experts examine the ethical dilemmas posed by terminal illness.
Online
1993
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Euthanasia in the Netherlands: What Has Been Learned?

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Dr. Admiraal, one of the leading practitioners of voluntary active euthanasia in the Netherlands, describes the practice, evolution, reasons for acceptance and consequences of this practice. The panel considers whether voluntary euthanasia could and should be a model for the United States.
DVD
1988
Health Sciences (Rare Shelves)
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It's Over Debbie: The Issues of Euthanasia

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Panelists review the issues of "mercy killing", particularly the legal, ethical and humane aspects, and the legislation passed in several states permitting an individual to write a "living will" in which they may choose to exercise their right to die.
DVD
1988
Health Sciences (Rare Shelves)
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The Debate Over Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia: Why Is It So Divisive?

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Panelists look at some of the reasons for the debate over euthanasia which they propose may rest in the spiritual differences between the 2 sides. These differences which are not often addressed in public or ethical debates are examined together with ways to positively discuss these in a public forum.
DVD
1995
Health Sciences (Rare Shelves)
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Tired of Living, Feared of Dying

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Dutch doctors are now legally able to accede to a patient's request for medical help so that they can die with dignity and without pain when their sufferings have become unbearable. This remarkable film follows seven people who have registered a request for euthanasia when they judge the time to be right. Each patient talks about the reasons for choosing this way of death and tries to define the specific trigger which will cause him or her to decide when the time has come to ask the doctor for the lethal injection or drink. Member of their families add their own comments, and five doctors with experience in the practice of euthanasia speak eloquently about the ethical questions and the practical problems which euthanasia poses for them. By the end of the film, several of the subjects [...]
Online
1996
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Gray Matter

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This documentary follows filmmaker Joe Berlinger on his quest to find Vienna's Dr. Heinrich Gross, the alleged murderer of hundreds of children under the Nazi euthanasia program.
DVD
2005; 2002
Clemons (Stacks)
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Walking on Water

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Charlie and Anna are Gavin's two best friends. They made a pact to assist the terminally ill Gavin to die when the time came. However, despite a massive dose of morphine, Gavin stays alive. Charlie ends up using a plastic bag to suffocate Gavin, hardly the dignified death they had planned. Thus begins an emotional roller coaster ride during which Charlie and Anna are forced to face the true meaning of friendship, loyalty and love.
DVD
2003; 2002
Clemons (Stacks)