Introduction and Overview:
To Die Well (2008) ISBN 978-0-7382-1163-3
Sidney Wanzer, MD and Joseph Glenmullen, MD
This book is listed first because it is probably the best
book to start with. It is wise, comprehensive and practical. Your local bookstore may have it;
if they don't, they can probably special-order it.
Texts About Exit Methods: (most recent first)
Peaceful Pill Handbook, Digital Edition (updated every two months)
Peaceful Pill Handbook, Print Edition (updated every two years)
Authors: Philip Nitschke, MD and Fiona Stewart, PhD
The Handbook does not explain how to make a suicide
pill - the authors use the phrase "peaceful pill" as a shorthand term for "self-deliverance techniques
which are tolerably comfortable and reliable".
However, there is very helpful information about buying pentobarbital ("Nembutal")
from veterinary pharmacies or chemical companies in such places as Central or South America and the Far
East, something which may continue to be possible for a few years at least. (As the Handbook makes clear, such
importing is illegal in most countries, so Customs departments occasionally confiscate shipments, but some people
decide to take a chance.) The bimonthly updates give the latest information about which suppliers are reliable
and which are fraudulent.
Quite a few methods other than barbiturates are discussed as well, with the
advantages and disadvantages of each being noted.
There is also a useful section called "After It's All Over", giving important
facts and warnings about what should (and should not) be done by surviving friends and relatives.
To buy the print edition or subscribe to the electronic version (the "eHandbook")
go to www.peacefulpill.com and click on "BUY THE HANDBOOK" (near the top right corner
of the screen). The print edition costs about $50 and a two-year subscription to the digital
version costs about $100.
Five Last Acts - The Exit Path, (2nd Edition 2015) ISBN 9781512176445
Author: Chris Docker, M Phil
The five last acts involve (1) inert gases (such as helium and nitrogen),
(2) compression (of the carotid arteries), (3) fatal drugs (such as chloroquine and amitriptyline),
(4) plastic bags (with drugs that are not fatal unless backed up by a bag), and (5) "zero intake"
(no food or drink). The book serves as a text for the self-deliverance workshops which are conducted
regularly in the UK by the Scotland-based group Exit (not to be confused with the Australia-based group Exit International).
Amazon.com sells this book. After choosing to search "Books", enter "docker five acts", then select one of the 2015 listings.
Expect to pay about $50, though Amazon sometimes has cut-rate items.
Dignified Dying: A Guide, Print Edition (2015) ISBN 978-90-816194-7-9
Dignified Dying: A Guide, e-Book (2015) ISBN 978-1-1326-37778-6
Author: Boudewijn Chabot, MD PhD
Chabot covers many of the same methods as the
previous items on this list, but he adds extra details (often warnings or cautions) which are
helpful. The text is available as a printed book (for about $25) or as an e-book (for about $20) via
lulu.com and perhaps also via dignifieddying.com.
Taking Control of Your Death by Stopping Eating and Drinking (2014) ISBN 978-90-816194-3-1
Author: Boudewijn Chabot, MD PhD
This book is based on extensive research which Chabot did as part of
his PhD. From the surviving relatives of over 100 people who had hastened their death by "zero intake", he learned about
many things to do or not do, in order to use this method comfortably and effectively. The book is available via Amazon.com
for about $20 (try "chabot stopping" as your search).
The Best Way to Say Goodbye (2006) ISBN 978-1-933418-03-2
Author: Stanley Terman, MD PhD
The author tested the zero-intake method on himself for four days. He found thirst to be more
of a problem than hunger, but he also found numerous over-the-counter products which gave him relief; he lists these products
on page 103 and provides photos of their packages on page 104. (see also pages 92, 105 111, 114 and 300). Many more care
suggestions, often involving prescription drugs, are given in the book.
Amazon.com has the print version, at prices ranging from $5 to $125, as well as a Kindle version,
for about $20 (try "terman goodbye" as your search).
Final Exit (3rd Edition 2002) ISBN 0 385 33653 5
Author: Derek Humphry
The classic text. Regarding methods, it is not as
detailed as the newer books, but its scope is broad - topics include hospice, life insurance,
"Who Shall Know?", and the idea of making your suicide look like a natural death. It performs a very
useful service by debunking popular myths and pointing out the drawbacks of methods which a reader
may be considering.
Final Exit is such an "old standby" that public libraries often have
it (but make sure you are getting the 2002 edition, not an earlier one). Bookstores too are likely
to have it, and they will not have out-of-date versions.
Ordering online is best, however. Supplementary materials are
available along with the book itself. The address is:
The price is $17.