Lawrence K. Gates, MD
Gates L.; Palliative Treatment of Last Resort and Assisted Suicide. Ann Intern Med. 2000;133:563-564. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-133-7-200010030-00025
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2000;133(7):563-564.
TO THE EDITOR:
I was horrified and angered by the papers on assisted suicide (1-5). These papers acted as an apology for physician-assisted suicide.
Each year, I give my medical ethics students a copy of the Oath of Hippocrates—the original oath, not the watered-down version. The oath states, “I will follow that system of regimen which, according to my ability and judgment, I consider for the benefit of my patients, and abstain from whatever is deleterious and mischievous. I will give no deadly medicine to anyone if asked nor suggest any such counsel, and in like manner I will not give to a woman a pessary to produce abortion.”
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