Health Care Analysis

, Volume 12, Issue 3, pp 209–214 | Cite as

An Academic Internist Looks at Euthanasia

  • Faith Fitzgerald


This paper points out that to persons unfamiliar with the context and suffering of dying patients, their loved ones, and last, but by no means least, the health care team can only discuss the very concrete question of euthanasia in an abstract way unaware of the fact that this question must, in the final analysis, be differently addressed in different specific patients and under specific circumstances. This paper poses questions which must be addressed and will rarely find a good answer but at least the best among a series of unpalatable options. It again points out the important and legitimate place that emotions play in decision-making.

emotion reason therapeutic belligerence suffering family health-care team 


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© Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • Faith Fitzgerald
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  1. 1.University of CaliforniaDavisUSA

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