Steven C. Beeson, MD
To the Editor: The introductory sentence of the comprehensive position paper of The American College of Physicians Ethics Manual (1) laid out clearly the obligation and duty of a physician to his or her patient: that is, ". . . to prevent disease and untimely death and to care for the sick . . . to treat and cure when possible, help patients cope with illness, disability, and death, and relieve suffering. In all instances, the physician must help maintain the dignity of the person." Later in the same position paper (2) the College contradicts this compassionate approach to couch
Beeson SC. Euthanasia and The American College of Physicians Ethics Manual. Ann Intern Med. ;111:952–953. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-111-11-952_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1989;111(11):952-953.
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