Procedural Safeguards for Euthanasia

William E. Stempsey, Mark S. Harrison, Donna J. Harrison, Charles B. Leland, Camilla C. Hersh, Phillip Stella, Grace John, Chandy John, Laura Williams, Robert D. Orr, Frank L. Murphy, C. D. Bessinger, Amos Ritter, Guy I. Benrubi

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Abstract

To the Editor: It is always unethical to abandon a patient. But the failure to acquiesce to a patient's request for euthanasia must not be construed as abandonment. In fact, Dr. Benrubi's assertion that physicians have a special duty to alleviate iatrogenic suffering is correct (Jan. 16 issue).1 There are, however, ways to ease suffering without resorting to ending the life of the one who suffers. The Roman Catholic tradition has long given moral approbation to the administration of analgesics to dying patients even if the dosage required to alleviate pain causes respiratory depression that is likely to shorten life;…

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)201-202
Number of pages2
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Volume327
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 16 1992
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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