To Live and To Die: When, Why, and How

  • Robert H. Williams

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Robert H. Williams
    Pages 1-17
  3. Robert H. Williams
    Pages 18-31
  4. Robert H. Williams
    Pages 32-37
  5. Edmond H. Fischer
    Pages 38-47
  6. Gilbert S. Omenn
    Pages 48-63
  7. Kingsley Davis
    Pages 64-79
  8. Arthur J. Dyck
    Pages 98-112
  9. Joseph Fletcher
    Pages 113-122
  10. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
    Pages 150-159
  11. Michael B. Rothenberg
    Pages 169-179
  12. Robert H. Williams
    Pages 180-188
  13. Luvern V. Rieke
    Pages 264-276
  14. E. Mansell Pattison
    Pages 277-294
  15. David R. Mace
    Pages 295-305
  16. Melvin M. Tumin
    Pages 319-325
  17. Robert H. Williams
    Pages 326-346

About this book


In the 1960's marked changes occurred throughout the world in philosophies and policies related to man's role in life. These changes, prompted predominantly by extensive increases in knowledge and popula­ tion density, have produced increased pleasures as well as problems. The rising number of people and improved methods of communication and transportation have caused more relationships among people, with their pleasures, competitions, jealousies, conflicts of interest, oppressions, and crimes. Large assortments of drugs have been developed and are easily obtained. There are drugs to speed us up, slow us down, make us sleep, change our perspectives on life, promote propagation of life or prevent it, prolong life or terminate it, and modify the course of life in many ways. Also, numerous mechanical devices have been developed that influence the propagation of life, the termination of life, and the manner in which we live. Many people have changed their overall goals in life, and in par­ ticular have experienced major changes in attitudes and policies applying to sexual activity, marriage, birth control, abortion, welfare, children, old people, criminals, economics, social status, careers, education, euthanasia, and suicide. There also has been marked enlightenment concerning the effect of the chemical and physical status of the brain upon normal and abnormal thinking and behavior.


Zeitfragen brain marriage philosophy sexuality suicide thinking Ärztliche Ethik

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  • Robert H. Williams
    • 1
  1. 1.University of WashingtonSeattleUSA

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