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Drawing on broad information together with information media studies and commentaries, documentaries, courts and court docket stories, movies, web content, expert literature and govt and non-government companies, this publication explores the 'Alzheimerisation' of the euthanasia debate, interpreting the shift lately in public attitudes in the direction of the desirability and ethical permissibility of euthanasia as an end-of-life 'solution' for individuals dwelling with the illness - not only at its finish degree, but in addition at previous phases. With realization to media representations and public understandings of Alzheimer's illness, Alzheimer's disorder, Media Representations and the Politics of Euthanasia sheds mild at the techniques contributing to those adjustments in public opinion, investigating the drivers of vexed political debate surrounding the problem and reading the style during which each side of the euthanasia debate mobilise aid, painting their rivals and utilize media applied sciences to border the phrases of discourse.

Paving the best way for a better point of highbrow honesty in regards to a subject wearing major coverage implications, this e-book may be of curiosity to students of media and communique, social pursuits and political verbal exchange, and the sociology of health and wellbeing and medication, in addition to researchers and execs within the fields of palliative and finish of lifestyles care.

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The errors in reasoning considered include: hasty generalizations, encompassing ‘straw man’ arguments; improper analogies (for example, the Nazi analogy); begging the question; and misleading appeals to authority. The dirty tricks fallacies considered include: attacking the person instead of their ideas (called Argumentum ad Hominem); using highly emotive language; appealing to pity; exploiting social identification (for example, persons with social authority, such as politicians and statesmen); changing the question; slippery slope; false dilemma; the misuse of language (for example, use of ambiguous terms; use of slogans; use of jargon); and using myths and metaphors instead of appealing to reason and evidence.

The Alzheimer Metaphor As stated earlier in this chapter, Alzheimer’s disease has been conceptualized and used as an unsettling metaphor for ‘losing one’s mind’ and ultimately ‘losing personal control’, which are intricately associated with culturally constructed notions of personhood and eligibility for moral membership of the human social environment. The Alzheimer metaphor encompasses a range of associated metaphors and frames such as ‘losing one’s selfhood’, ‘losing one’s identity’, ‘losing one’s capacity to make meaningful self-determining choices’, ‘losing one’s dignity’, and ‘losing the capacity to face one’s helpless mortality heroically’ – particularly as the disease progresses to its final stage.

In Chapter 5, attention is given to examining the proposal to legitimatize pre-emptive and proactive euthanasia as a medical treatment option for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias – whether their disease is at an early, middle or late stage. Euthanasia is defined and the three different forms of assisted death commonly discussed in public debate on the issue are described, notably: euthanasia, physician assisted suicide and ‘mercy killing’. Legal and ethical standpoints on the permissibility and impermissibility of euthanasia and physician assisted suicide are also briefly considered.

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