Advance Directives Are the Solution to Dr. Campbell's Problem for Voluntary Euthanasia
Journal of Medical Ethics. 1999 Jun; 25(3): 245-246.
Dr Neil Campbell suggests that when patients suffering extremes of protracted pain ask for help to end their lives, their requests should be discounted as made under compulsion. I contend that the doctors concerned should be referred to and then act upon advance directives made by those patients when of sound and calm mind and afflicted by no such intolerable compulsion.
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Campbell, Neil (1999-06)I question whether, in those cases where physician-assisted suicide is invoked to alleviate unbearable pain and suffering, there can be such a thing as voluntary euthanasia. The problem is that when a patient asks to ...