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Final Exit, 3rd Edition v.3.1 (paperback)



Final Exit, 3rd edition (v.3.1 paperback)
The Practicalities of Self-Deliverance
and Assisted Suicide for the Dying

by Derek Humphry,
founder of the Hemlock Society

Revised 3rd edition (updated April 2010)
ISBN 978-0-385-33653-6
Paperback • 250 pages
Price: $17.00 + shipping
Autographed by the author

Paperback available only in the U.S.

Free with all paperback copies of 'Final Exit' bought from ERGO Bookstore is an addendum detailing the updates about self-deliverance up to 10/2021. Copies of Final Exit purchased from the ERGO Store are signed by the Author.

Note: The ERGO Bookstore sells the 2010 revision of Final Exit 3rd Edition, with 13-digit ISBN. Retailers advertising the old 10-digit ISBN 0-385-33653-5 are selling the OLD edition of Final Exit from 2002.

Also available: "Final Exit Digital Edition" eBook in downloadable PDF format. Includes everything in Final Exit 3rd edition paperback (April 2010 printing). For more info visit the "Final Exit Digital Edition" product page.

Final Exit Book Description:

'Final Exit' is the most famous D.I.Y. textbook on voluntary 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 the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Colombia, and Belgium, countries where doctor-assisted dying is legal.

'Final Exit' 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 (and more recently Washington), is included as an appendices. The problems with life insurance and suicide are discussed, as are the ethics of double suicide.

This revised third edition of 'Final Exit' (2010 revision) is much changed from the earlier editions, which date from 1991 when it was, 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 helium hood method and exit bag (plastic bag) and other techniques.

In April of 2007, the national newspaper 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."

‘Final Exit’ has been translated into 12 languages, the latest one being Korean (2010). Some right-to-die groups use the book as a required primer for people considering hastening their end.

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. It has been ‘the gold standard’ of such books for 20 years. There is, as yet, no simple 'peaceful pill' for self euthanasia, and law reform is lagging behind public opinion, so until then 'Final Exit' may be the solution to protracted terminal suffering.

Read an excerpt from 'Final Exit'.

• Click the link at the bottom of this description for more information about 'Final Exit'.

WARNING - Party Balloon helium tanks

If any size of tank (30 or 50-balloon) has the words "HELIUM/AIR" then these are ineffective for self-deliverance. Do not use. The manufacturer is now diluting some helium tanks with 20% air because of world shortage of helium. This volume clearly labeled on the tank and its box.

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The author, Derek Humphry, who now has more than 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 at his new home in Santa Monica. Derek built the group into a national organization between 1980 and 1992.(Hemlock was merged in 2003 into another organization, Compassion and Choices.)

Today Humphry runs the Euthanasia Research and Guidance Organization (ERGO), a nonprofit organization based outside of Eugene, Oregon. He is a policy adviser to the American group, the Final Exit Network, and to the World Federation of Right to Die Societies, of which he was president in 1988-90.

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