Dr Fiona Stewart (sociologist & lawyer) & Dr Philip Nitschke (doctor & euthanasia activist) met at the inaugural Festival of Ideas at the Brisbane Powerhouse in Australia in August 2001.
Since that time they have worked successfully as colleagues and collaborators writing books that provide information on euthanasia and assisted suicide for the elderly and seriously ill (as part of palliative care planning).
The authors consider ‘euthanasia’ – a good death – a fundamental civil right of everyone, rather than a medical treatment for only the seriously ill, and those suffering unbearably.
Their partnership produces information and research grounded in the physical & social sciences. The Peaceful Pill Handbook is the leading self-help book to provide information about euthanasia and assisted suicide, as well as legal issues such as a living will, health issues such as palliative care and the history of law reform in the area of assisted dying/ euthanasia.
Dr Nitschke and Dr Stewart live in Europe.