“Doctor, I Want to Die! Will You Help Me?”
This chapter examines the problems of doctors in responding to patients' requests for physician-assisted death. It explores the potential meaning of such requests through a series of case vignettes and identifies acceptable responses that are tailored to the needs of the individual patient. The chapter discusses the clinical criteria that have been proposed as a guide for physicians who find assisted suicide a morally acceptable last-resort option for terminally ill patients with relentlessly progressive medical illnesses.
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