Debate: Euthanasia -- a Physician's Viewpoint
Twycross, Robert G.
Journal of Medical Ethics. 1982 Jun; 8(2): 86-95.
Twycross, a British physician, and Ludmerer, an American attorney, exchange views on the care of terminally ill patients and on the morality of deliberately accelerating their death. Twycross maintains that the physician's focus must be on providing care, as in a hospice program, which will alleviate unbearable suffering and so obviate the desire for voluntary euthanasia or suicide. Ludmerer, commenting on Twycross' article and on an Incurable Patients Bill which was defeated in the House of Lords in 1976, presents the case for assisted suicide as an option for the dying patient, based on the patient's right of self determination. (KIE abstract)
Allowing to Die; Assisted Suicide; Autonomy; Cancer; Death; Drugs; Euthanasia; Hospices; Legislation; Moral Obligations; Morality; Pain; Patients; Physicians; Psychoactive Drugs; Psychological Stress; Right to Die; Suffering; Suicide; Self Determination; Terminal Care; Terminally Ill; Voluntary Euthanasia;
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