Physician-Assisted Suicide or Palliative Care?
Capps, R. Henry, Jr., National Forum
The Role of Physicians in Caring for Aged and Dying Patients
I will prescribe regimen for the good of my patients according to my ability and judgment and never do harm to anyone. To please no one will I prescribe a deadly drug, nor give advice which may cause his death.... But I will preserve the purity of my life and my art.
-Excerpt from Hippocratic Oath
Physicians face many personal and ethical challenges in providing care for dying and aged patients. The development of new life-sustaining technology and an aging American population have produced a changing health care environment in relation to end-oflife choices. Once, physicians offered few …
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Publication information: Article title: Physician-Assisted Suicide or Palliative Care?. Contributors: Capps, R. Henry, Jr. - Author. Magazine title: National Forum. Volume: 78. Issue: 2 Publication date: Spring 1998. Page number: 42+. © 1999 Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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