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Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Article on Physician Aid in Dying

Hospital care

David Orentlicher (Indiana University, Robert H. McKinney School of Law), Thaddeus Mason Pope (Hamline University School of Law) and Ben A. Rich (University of California, Davis) recently published an article entitled, The Changing Legal Climate for Physician Aid in Dying, JAMA, Vol. 311, No. 19, 1961-1962 (2014); Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law Research Paper No. 2014-24.  Provided below is the abstract from SSRN:

While once widely rejected as a health care option, physician aid in dying is receiving increased recognition as a response to the suffering of patients at the end of life. With aid in dying, a physician writes a prescription for a life-ending medication for an eligible patient. Following the recommendation of the American Public Health Association, the term aid in dying rather than "assisted suicide" is used to describe the practice. In this Viewpoint, the authors describe the changing legal climate for physician aid in dying occurring in several states.

Special thanks to Naomi Cahn (Harold H. Greene Professor of Law, George Washington University School of Law) for bringing this article to my attention.


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