Physician-Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia

  • K. M. Foley
Part of the Developments in Critical Care Medicine and Anesthesiology book series (DCCA, volume 29)


The issues of euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide have emerged once again in the public and professional medical literature. Numerous factors contribute to this public debate, including the advancements in high technological medical support systems for patients with respiratory or cardiac failure, the AIDS epidemic, policy shifts to individual rights from societal rights, the increasing prevalence of cancer, the increasing aged population, and the limitation in health care resources, particularly, for the care of the dying. Coincident with this debate and in support of patient-centered care has been the wide expansion of the use of living wills, advanced directives and health care proxies to protect patients from the medical systems—physicians and hospitals— who care for them (1–3).


Palliative Care Assisted Suicide Comfort Care Active Euthanasia Voluntary Euthanasia 
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