“Doctor, I Want to Die! Will You Help Me?”

Timothy E. Quill

in Caring for Patients at the End of Life

Published in print May 2001 | ISBN: 9780195139402
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199999859 | DOI:
“Doctor, I Want to Die! Will You Help Me?”

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This chapter examines the problems of doctors in responding to patients' requests for physician-assisted death. It explores the potential meaning of such requests through a series of case vignettes and identifies acceptable responses that are tailored to the needs of the individual patient. The chapter discusses the clinical criteria that have been proposed as a guide for physicians who find assisted suicide a morally acceptable last-resort option for terminally ill patients with relentlessly progressive medical illnesses.

Keywords: physician-assisted death; physicians; assisted suicide; terminally ill; terminal care

Chapter.  6918 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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