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The authors of the Peaceful Pill Handbook are Dr Philip Nitschke (doctor) & Dr Fiona Stewart (sociologist & lawyer).

Drs Nitschke and Stewart met during the Festival of Ideas at the Brisbane Powerhouse in Australia in August 2001.

They both took part in the debate that was chaired by Phillip Adams and which aired on ABC RN’s Late Night Live titled ‘there’s no such thing as a new idea’.

Most importantly, for almost two decades, Nitschke and Stewart have worked successfully as colleagues and collaborators.

As a result they continue to provide the most reliable and up-to-date information on Assisted Dying for the elderly, as well as for people who are seriously ill.

The authors of the Peaceful Pill Handbook believe that ‘Euthanasia’ – a good death – is the fundamental human right of every rational adult.

In other words, ‘dying well’ should not be a medical privilege reserved only for people who are terminally ill.

Likewise you do not need a doctor to die as this is not a medical process.  To clarify, all a person needs is the best information.

For instance, their updates to the Peaceful Pill Handbook include information about the Barbiturates (eg. Nembutal), Gases (eg. Nitrogen), Prescription drugs (eg. Chloroquine), Poisons, Prescription Drugs & Inventions (eg. Sarco).

The authors live in Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

The authors of the Peaceful Pill Handbook

Drs Fiona Stewart & Philip Nitschke

The Peaceful Pill Handbook is the leading self-help book that provides practical information on a DIY good death. Other issues addressed by the authors that have special relevance during this time of COVID-19, include:

  • legal issues such as a living will, advance directives, DNRs
  • the type of death to expect/ avoid with COVID-19
  • health issues such as palliative care &
  • the history of law reform in the area of voluntary assisted dying VAD/ euthanasia/ assisted suicide.