In the United States, 22 percent of Americans live in places that authorize medical aid in dying. But as more states consider–and pass–legislation that supports the practice, confusion and hurdles remain. In 2015, author and anthropologist Anita Hannig began researching medical aid-in-dying in the United States. She spent hundreds of hours speaking with doctors, patients, and lawmakers across the country. The results of Hannig’s long-term project are laid out in her latest book, The Day I Die: The Untold Story of Assisted Dying in America. Combining extensive research with personal narratives, Hannig goes beyond the surface-level polarization to offer a deeper, more nuanced assessment of a social issue that will continue to affect more Americans.
The Day I Die was a nonfiction finalist for the 2023 Oregon Book Awards. The State Library of Oregon also selected the title to represent the Oregon Center for the Book at the National Book Festival in Washington D.C.
Previously, Hannig served as an associate professor of anthropology at Brandeis University. Her first book, Beyond Surgery: Injury, Healing, and Religion at an Ethiopian Hospital, was awarded the 2018 Eileen Basker Memorial Prize from the Society for Medical Anthropology.
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