Physician-Assisted Dying: A Clinician's Perspective
Joshua M. Hauser, MD
September 25, 2014
Responding to Wishes for Hastened Death
Dying is unpredictable. These cases represent two phenomena which I believe are common in our care of dying patients: (1) how rapidly patients' wishes for hastened death can change; and (2) the unpredictability of the interventions that we use to address these wishes. Sometimes, despite all of the remarkable advances in palliative care that we have had over these past decades, we may not even know which specific intervention has made a difference.
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Doctor-assisted suicide poses very real risks
August 16, 2014 at 5:54 AM
We write in response to The Times’ editorial “Death with dignity for the terminally ill proposal includes critical safeguards” (Aug. 10).
The assisted suicide bill, Death with Dignity for the Terminally Ill Act (A2270), has not been passed because of dangers it poses, brought to public attention by an alliance of disability rights advocates, medical professionals and palliative care and hospice specialists.
Assisted suicide is structured in a way that presents very real risks of abuse by greedy heirs and caregivers. We don’t all live in “Leave-it-to-Beaver” households. Who would know if an elderly person is pressured into suicide?
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