Assisted Suicide Distorts Docs’ Duty

May 2, 2017

(New York Daily News) – One of my professors described a case where she had to “forcefully admit” a patient who had expressed the desire to kill herself. That patient eventually expressed her gratitude — but only months afterward. And in fact, even in my brief rotation, there were moments where my patient and I spoke of her dreams, goals, and hopes upon leaving the hospital. Through such experiences, I have been taught and have internalized that directly denying a patient’s wishes under such circumstances is considered to be good practice. In fact, it is not only good practice, it is the current standard of care.

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