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Jean's Way.

Derek Humphry with Ann Wickett.

Published by Harper & Row: Perennial Library, New York, NY, 1986
ISBN 10: 0060970669 / ISBN 13: 9780060970666
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Title: Jean's Way.

Publisher: Harper & Row: Perennial Library, New York, NY

Publication Date: 1986

Binding: Paperback

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Ed thus; First Printing indicated.


SIGNED BY AUTHOR. First Ed thus; First Printing indicated. Near Fine in Wraps: shows only the most minute indications of use; binding shows the slightest spine lean, but remains perfectly secure; text clean. Just a hint of wear to extremities; former bookseller and other organizations sticker inside rear cover. Very close to 'As New'. NOT a Remainder. NOT a Book-Club Edition. NOT an Ex-Library copy. 8vo. 152pp. SIGNED BY AUTHOR. Bookseller Inventory # 28941

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Synopsis: Jean's Way: A Love Story
by Derek Humphry,
founder of the Hemlock Society

Kindle Edition 2010 ? Norris Lane Press
ISBN 0-9637280-7-5
160 printed pages

The moving account of a terminally ill woman's carefully planned self-deliverance from suffering.


This is the true, moving account of a woman with advanced terminal illness who planned to hasten her end with the help of her husband, Derek Humphry. Not only was assisted suicide against the law but it was also a huge taboo.

But Jean Humphry proceeded with her plan so that she could die in peace and dignity in her own home rather than in hospital. This was an individual decision; the couple did not know then (1975) about euthanasia and assisted suicide, which later became highly controversial as the right to die issue mushroomed. Living Wills were then just becoming known.

She had suffered for more than two years from breast cancer, and now it had spread into her whole body. She decided it was her time for an assisted death.

At Jean's request, Derek had secured a lethal overdose from a sympathetic doctor and stored it in a secure place in their home in Wiltshire, England. When the pain and distress became too great to bear, Jean asked for the drugs so that she could die that afternoon.

When she was ready, Derek mixed the lethal potion into a mug of coffee. After saying 'Goodbye, My Love' Jean emptied the drink and died within the hour.

Three years later Derek (already a journalist on the London Sunday Times and author of 'Because They're Black') published this memoir. It became a bestseller in the UK and was translated into four languages.

The popularity of 'Jean's Way' started the movement to legalize assisted suicide as a choice for competent adults at the end of life. It foreshadowed the Oregon Death With Dignity Act, in the passing of which Derek was a team player.

Derek founded the Hemlock Society USA to campaign for greater acceptance of justifiable assisted suicide and also wrote the international bestselling book 'Final Exit.'

Both in the application of the new Oregon law and Swiss law, with legally approved ways of assisting deaths at the end of life, Jean's way is the method used. In Switzerland it is used by DIGNITAS and EXIT.

About the Author: Derek Humphry, an international journalist and author (London Sunday Times/Los Angeles Times) is the author of 13 books over the last 30 years, six of them on euthanasia. His first book, Because They're Black, won the Martin Luther King Memorial Award. His bestseller was 'Final Exit' (l991) which is still the leading book in its field.

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