Should You Help Patients Die?
Azevedo, David, Medical Economics
Two landmark cases have reached the Supreme Court. Will they clear the way for doctors to be given this unspeakable power?
The 84-year-old man knew he had little time left. He was dying of lung cancer and suffering excruciating pain. His physician would prescribe only Tylenol, feeling anything stronger would be medically inadvisable. The man's family hinted that they'd acquire necessary medication if he chose to end his life. No, the man said, assisting in a suicide is illegal; I won't involve my family in a crime.
Instead, he chose another route, as his daughter later described: "When he realized that the family was--going to be away for -a day, he-wroteus a beautiful …
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Publication information: Article title: Should You Help Patients Die?. Contributors: Azevedo, David - Author. Magazine title: Medical Economics. Volume: 74. Issue: 1 Publication date: January 13, 1997. Page number: 137+. © Advanstar Communications, Inc. Jan 23, 2009. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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