Patrick Pullicino, MD, PhD
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Pullicino P. Physician-Assisted Suicide. Ann Intern Med. 1997;127:174. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-127-2-199707150-00050
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1997;127(2):174.
TO THE EDITOR:
As pointed out by Drickamer and colleagues , physician-assisted suicide is changing the physician–patient relationship. It is clear that physicians as a group are divided in their willingness to assist suicide: Of 938 physicians in Washington, 40% were willing to help a patient to commit suicide but 39% held that assisted suicide is never ethically justified . With the reports from the Netherlands that involuntary euthanasia has followed the legalization of voluntary euthanasia , concern will increase among patients about what would happen to them if they became too ill to participate in end-of-life decisions. Physicians are unlikely to discuss their ethical views with patients, but patients will increasingly want to know their physician's stand on euthanasia and assisted suicide.
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