Euthanasia; Or, Medical Treatment in Aid of an Easy Death
William Munk (1816 – 1898) was an English doctor, now best remembered for his work as a medical historian. In 1857 he was elected a librarian of the Royal College of Physicians, an office he held till his death. He published "The Roll of the Royal College of Physicians of London" or "Munk's Roll," a biographical reference work on the College. Though this book is titled "Euthanasia," the author is actually advocating better palliative care for the dying. Munk advocates the relief of pain and discomfort, instead of a useless attempt to cure disease or prolong life. He offers practical advice on alleviating restlessness and difficulty in breathing and stresses the need to regulate the temperature of the room as well as provision of food and alcohol. He also recommends opiates for the relief of pain, offering tranquility to the mind as well as relief from suffering. This book remains the definitive Victorian work on the subject of terminal care.
Publisher: Longmans, Green and Co.
Date Published: 1887
Place Published: London
Condition: Very good
Dust Jacket: No
Jacket Condition: n/a
Details: vi, , 105 p. 20 cm. Quarter brown cloth with black cloth boards. Some soiling and scratches to covers. Corners lightly bumped. Inscribed with author's compliments on half title. Light spotting on first and last pages.