Tuesday, November 04, 2008

The Right to Live; The Right to Die

C. Everett Koop, 1976, The Right to Live; The Right to Die, Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers

Dr Koop was surgeon-in-chief at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and professor of pediatric surgery at the University of Pennysylvania. He became famous in 1974 when he and his team successfully separated a Siamese twin girls in a pioneering operation.

This book is important as Koop looked at the Supreme Court Ruling on abortion and Karen Quinlan from a personal. social, medical, and theological point of view. Though the facts of the cases are dated, his astute observations and predictions on how these two key events will affect our lives are timeless.

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