Physician Participation in Assisted Suicide
JAMA. 1989 Oct 6; 262(13): 1844-1845.
Writing under the auspices of the American Medical Association's Office of the General Counsel, a member of its Ethics and Health Policy Counsel discusses the AMA's position on physician participation in assisted suicide for the hopelessly ill. Advocates for assisted suicide see it as a natural extension of the right of a patient to refuse life-prolonging treatment. Orentlicher disputes this view, maintaining that there is a distinction between acting to hasten death and refraining from delaying it. He argues against physician involvement with assisted suicide on the grounds that it violates the nature of the physician patient relationship and compromises the role of the doctor as healer. (KIE abstract)
Allowing to Die; Assisted Suicide; Attitudes; Autonomy; Competence; Death; Ethics; Euthanasia; Health; Life; Nature; Organizational Policies; Organizations; Physician Patient Relationship; Physician's Role; Physicians; Professional Organizations; Right to Die; Suffering; Suicide; Terminally Ill; Treatment Refusal; Trust;
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