Assisted suicide and euthanasia

Cory Franklin, Myriam Coppens, Theodore E. Spielberg, J. Patrick, Charles E. Cavagnaro, Daniel L. O'brien, Myles N. Sheehan, Christine K. Cassel, Diane Meier

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To the Editor: Although there may be situations in which physician-assisted suicide is ethically acceptable (an arguable proposition to begin with), the law must not be seen to sanction conduct such as occurred in the back of Dr. Kevorkian's van (Sept. 13 issue).* This is especially true if one considers the publicity Kevorkian received, including interviews on prime-time television and front-page pictures of his suicide machine in the country's leading newspapers. The implications of encouraging suicide in the impressionable and depressed (and those who are not terminally ill) are obvious. Even in the Netherlands, where physicians may avoid prosecution.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1434-1437
Number of pages4
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number20
StatePublished - 16 May 1991


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