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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Physician Assisted Suicide

Coverage of the Massachusetts initiative from NPR is here and from TIME, here. In an op-ed in today's New York Times, here, Ezekiel Emanuel argues:

Instead of attempting to legalize physician-assisted suicide, we should focus our energies on what really matters: improving care for the dying — ensuring that all patients can openly talk with their physicians and families about their wishes and have access to high-quality palliative or hospice care before they suffer needless medical procedures. The appeal of physician-assisted suicide is based on a fantasy. The real goal should be a good death for all dying patients.

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