Health Care Analysis

, Volume 12, Issue 3, pp 215–223 | Cite as

One Physician's Perspective: Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide

  • Perry A. Pugno


This paper looks at the ambiguities which PAS (physician assisted suicide) and voluntary active euthanasia (VAE ) present to the patient, his or her loved ones and the health-care team. The author pleads for a greater emphasis on humanizing the experience of the dying so that a team can meet their physical, emotional and spiritual needs.

useful and productive life being alive vs having a life changes in approach to life and death 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Perry A. Pugno
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  1. 1.Division of Medical EducationAmerican Academy of Family PhysiciansLeawood, KansasUSA

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