BMJ (British Medical Journal). 1987 Mar 21; 294(6574): 767.
From his perspective as a physician and as the son of an elderly, mentally incapacitated nursing home patient, the author discusses his conflicting feelings about active, voluntary euthanasia. He weighs the relief of suffering and the maintenance of dignity against religious beliefs that condemn suicide and euthanasia, the criminal status of euthanasia in Britain, and the difficulty of providing adequate safeguards against its misuse. Cohen concludes that it may be safer to combine a complete prohibition on ending life with improved care that maintains the dignity of the chronically ill and provides all reasonable relief of pain and suffering. (KIE abstract)
Active Euthanasia; Aged; Brain; Brain Pathology; Case Studies; Chronically Ill; Decision Making; Dementia; Euthanasia; Life; Nursing Homes; Pain; Patient Care; Prolongation of Life; Quality of Life; Right to Die; Suffering; Suicide; Terminal Care; Value of Life; Voluntary Euthanasia; Wedge Argument;
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