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Final Exit, 3rd Edition by Derek Humphry
(updated April 2010)


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Final Exit, 3rd edition Final Exit, 3rd edition
 by Derek Humphry,
 founder of the Hemlock Society


 Revised 3rd edition (Updated April 2010)
 ISBN 0-3853365-3-5
 Paperback • 250 pages
 $17 + shipping


2009 "supplement/addendum" is embedded within the April 2010 printing.


"Final Exit Digital Edition" is available as a downloadable eBook PDF. To order visit the "Final Exit Digital Edition" product page.

Final Exit 3rd Edition book/eBook and the Final Exit DVD video are a matched set and complement each other. The Final Exit video is also available on VHS.


This is the most famous textbook in euthanasia and assisted suicide. There is unique step-by-step language for the competent adult who is terminally or hopelessly ill to bring their life to a peaceful, non-violent end if they wish. This can be achieved without Dr. Kevorkian or any doctor. Drug dosages and helium gas techniques are described and illustrated.

Much the same methods are used by Dignitas in Switzerland, and the right to die groups in Holland and Belgium.

'Final Exit' also outlines the legal complications connected with dying, death, hastened death, euthanasia laws, suicide, Living Wills and Advance Directives. The family aspect is discussed and the advisability of a 'suicide note' (with sample) is addressed. The full Oregon Death With Dignity Act, which permits physician-assisted suicide for the citizens of that state, is included as an appendices. The problems with life insurance are discussed.

The updated third edition of 'Final Exit' is much changed from the earlier editions, which date from 1991 when it was, to the surprise of many, the Number One bestseller on the New York Times nonfiction list. For instance, the first and second editions did not contain the helium gas technique now used by hundreds of people for their own euthanasia. The revised 3rd edition also includes new drug dosages plus updated guidance on plastic bag and other techniques.

In April 2007, USA TODAY selected 'Final Exit' as one of the 25 most memorable books published in the last quarter century. The papers' editors and critics said: "The topic of assisted suicide exploded in controversy in the 90's, thanks to the Michigan pathologist Jack Kevorkian and his suicide machine, and this how-to manual [Final Exit] from an English journalist who helped his cancer-stricken first wife kill herself."

If you are asking the question 'what is assisted suicide?' or 'what is euthanasia and assisted death?' then this exit book provides the clearest answers. There is, as yet, no simple 'peaceful pill' for self euthanasia, and law reform is lagging behind public opinion, so until then 'Final Exit' is the solution.

Read an excerpt from 'Final Exit' at USA Today.
Read a recent article on 'Final Exit' in The Guardian, London UK


From Kate Remembered, the recent biography of the late Katharine Hepburn, stage and film actress, by A.Scott Berg:

“She became intrigued enough with Derek Humphry's Final Exit (a detailed account of how to take one's own life) to have two copies, one on each bedstand. 'You're too young for this,' she said upon giving me a copy, 'but everybody should read it.'” (Emphasis added.)




Sample Chapters

  • Chapter 2: Beware of the Law
  • Chapter 4: Hospice Option
  • Chapter 5: Cyanide Enigma
  • Chapter 7: Bizarre Ways
  • Chapter 9: Self-starvation
  • Chapter 12: Who Shall Know?
  • Chapter 18: How do you get the magic pills?
  • Chapter 23: Checklist and drug dosage table


The author, Derek Humphry, who has 30 years experience in the death with dignity movement, helped his first wife Jean to die when suffering a lingering death from breast cancer. His book on that event, 'Jean's Way' is a cult classic. Five years after her death he founded the Hemlock Society, which he ran from 1980 to 1992. (Hemlock was later merged into another organization, Compassion and Choices.)

Today Derek Humphry runs the Euthanasia Research and Guidance Organization, a nonprofit organization based in Oregon. He is an adviser to the American group, the Final Exit Network.




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