Physician-Assisted Suicide -- Michigan's Temporary Solution
Annas, George J.
New England Journal of Medicine. 1993 May 27; 328(21): 1573-1576.
...Kevorkian says, in effect, that medicine cannot change and that society must therefore accept his methods as a reasonable alternative. The Michigan legislature has properly rejected his approach. But the real issues are related to medical practice, not the law, and the challenge Kevorkian presents to modern medicine is real. Physicians must respond by listening to their dying patients, comforting them, providing them with continuity of care and freedom from pain and suffering (even to the extent of prescribing drugs they might use to end their own lives), and bringing hospice care into mainstream medicine. If physicians fail to meet this challenge, society will ultimately embrace the solution that Kevorkian offers by medicalizing suicide the way we have already medicalized death.
Assisted Suicide; Capital Punishment; Criminal Law; Death; Drugs; Dying Patients; Ethics; Euthanasia; Freedom; Government; Intention; Involuntary Euthanasia; Killing; Law; Legal Aspects; Legislation; Liability; Medical Ethics; Medicine; Methods; Organizational Policies; Organizations; Pain; Patients; Physicians; Policy Analysis; Professional Organizations; Punishment; State Government; Suffering; Suicide; Terminal Care; Wedge Argument;
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