NEJM article proposes compromise on assisted suicide, euthanasia

An opinion piece in the New England Journal of Medicine asserts that “momentum is building” in favour of assisted suicide and euthanasia, citing activism in various jurisdictions and a recent Canadian court ruling that struck down the law against physician assisted suicide.  The authors support assisted suicide and euthanasia, but do not see the need for physician assistance.  They suggest that the physician role be limited to providing a written summary of a patient’s condition, prognosis and alternative treatments.  Patients would then obtain lethal prescriptions from some state authority.

Redefining Physicians’ Role in Assisted Dying.  Julian J.Z. Prokopetz, B.A., and Lisa Soleymani Lehmann, M.D., Ph.D. N Engl J Med 2012;  367:97-99 July 12, 2012

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