Between the Dying and the Dead

Dr. Jack Kevorkian

Dr. Jack Kevorkian — the enig­ma­tic and intre­pid phy­si­cian dubbed "Dr. Death" — has for years decli­ned public inter­views about his life and the events that led him to be a vehe­ment advo­cate of doctor-assisted suicide for ter­mi­nally ill patients. But here, finally, is his own life story, as told to Neal Nicol and Harry Wylie.
Dr. Kevorkian gained inter­na­tio­nal noto­riety in the 1990s for his pas­sio­nate advo­cacy of choice for ter­mi­nal patients, who have increa­sin­gly won the right to decide the time, place, and method of their own death in several western coun­tries. In 1998, he assis­ted Thomas Youk, a ter­mi­nally ill patient suf­fe­ring from Lou Gehrig's disease, with a lethal injec­tion that was broad­cast on CBS's 60 Minutes. Immediately the­reaf­ter, Kevorkian was arres­ted, charged with second-degree murder, tried, and sen­ten­ced to 10 – 25 years in Michigan's maximum-security prison system.
Today, Dr. Kevorkian is in his late seven­ties and in failing health himself. He shares an eight-by-twelve-foot cell with another inmate in the Thumb Correctional Facility at Lapeer, Michigan. The unique story Prisoner Number 284797 shares far exceeds the battle to lega­lize eutha­na­sia and end human suf­fe­ring for ter­mi­nal patients. "Personal choice is really what it is all about. Quality of life, as opposed to main­tai­ning exis­tence" (Kevorkian to Vanity Fair, 1994)

University of Wisconsin Press ; 1 edition (May 10, 2006)

ISBN-10 : 0299217108

ISBN-13 : 978 – 0299217105

276 pages