Engaging with patients who desire death: Interpretation, presence, and constraint

Canadian end-of-life care is changing. Given recent legislative changes concerning assisted death (euthanasia and assisted suicide), it is vital to examine the perspectives of nurses regarding their care of patients who want to die. This qualitative descriptive study reports findings from interviews with 11 oncology nurses about their experiences of engaging with patients who desire […]

Attitudes toward assisted suicide: Does family context matter?

Copy held in CSP Library.

Religion and Assisted and Non-Assisted Suicide in Switzerland: National Cohort Study

The authors examined religious affiliation & suicide in Switzerland. The 2000 census records of 1,722,456 Catholics, 1,565,452 Protestants, & 454,397 individuals with no affiliation were linked to mortality records up to December 2005. The association between religious affiliation & suicide, with the Protestant faith serving as the reference category, was examined in Cox regression models. […]

Suicide atRoma the end of life

Ethicist Rex Roman offers his views on the distinction between suicide and physician-assisted suicide.

Easing the Legacy of Suicide (IN: Assessment, Treatment, and Prevention of Suicidal Behavior, edited by R I Yufit & D Lester)

The cathartic effect of a nonfatal suicide attempt has been noted & suicidal behaviour can be seen as a useful & helpful approach to crises. Suicidal behaviour may also be efficacious in changing the environment of an individual in a favourable way. In this chapter, the author goes further by viewing even death by suicide […]

Patriarchy on Trial: Suicide, Discipline, and Governance in Imperial Russia

Focussing on the nineteenth century, this article will show how the crime of instigating suicide emerged as part of an (inadequate) effort to correct the abuses of serfdom in Russia, but would, by the 1860s, become a (likewise inadquate) tool to regulate familial relations – specifically, the abuse of wives & children. In both periods, […]

Elderly Suicide: Causes and Prevention Strategies (IN: Elderly Alcoholism: Intervention Strategies by M Beechem)

This chapter reviews the high rate of suicide among older people, especially older, white alcoholics. Common suicidal situations were examined including depression, widowhood, chronic health problems, & alcoholism. Different types of suicide were identified including physician-assisted suicide & rational suicide. Explanations for the growing support for these practices are offered. Factors contributing to high suicidality […]

A Death of One’s Own (IN: The Politics of Deviance, by A Hendershott)

Suicide has traditionally been viewed as a deviant act because it contributes to a climate in which individual life is devalued. Yet, as the author argues in this chapter, the line between suicide that is viewed as being justified (e.g. a person with a terminal illness) & suicide that is for the wrong reasons (e.g. […]

The Quality of Mercy: an Examination of the Proposition “Doctors Must not Kill” (IN: Euthanasia: the Good of the Patient, the Good of Society, ed. by R I Misbin)


Physician-Assisted Suicide and the Suicide Machine (IN: Euthanasia: the Good of the Patient, the Good of Society, ed. by R I Misbin)


Federal Policy Regarding End-of-Life Decisions (IN: Euthanasia: the Good of the Patient, the Good of Society, ed. by R I Misbin)


Homicide and Suicide in the Military (IN: Military Psychiatry: Preparing in Peace for war, ed. by F D Jones and L Sparacino et al)


Tales of Death: Storytelling in the Physician-Assisted Suicide Litigation

The author states with regard to physician-assisted suicide, proponents are most likely to get what they want by presenting compelling stories of dying patients asking their physicians for means to avoid the seemingly meaningless pain & indignity of terminal illness. These stories directly implicate statutes against assisted suicide. These laws, & the stories for & […]

Suicide Across the Life Span: Implications for Counselors

This edited book provides detailed information on risk factors for suicide, suicide assessment, the ethical & legal issues surrounding suicide, & counselling techniques for working with children, adolescents, adults, those bereaved by suicide & their families.

Recalculating the Economic Cost of Suicide


Assisted Suicide Debated in the United States

Innocence and Suicide

The author examines an argument against the claim some suicides may be morally legitimate. This argument appeals to a putative moral principle that it is never licit to assault an innocent human life. Related arguments in St. Augustine & St. Thomas are considered. Two possible senses of “innocent” are then explored. Mavrodes argues that in […]

Support for Physician-assisted Suicide Must be Quelled

Suicide and the Alienated Life

The author states he was disappointed when he failed to find a serious discussion about why the right to life should be considered “unalienable”. He finds this omission in the literature odd since, by definition, a right to assistance in suicide implies a right to the alienation of life. Because he could not find any […]

Decisions Near the end of Life

Suicide Pays

Please see SIEC #1998-0974 for Emanuel & Battin’s article

Altruism and Physician Assisted Death

Law Reform, or DIY Suicide

In this editorial, the author argues that because right-to-die advocates are being frustrated in their efforts to see voluntary euthanasia & physician-assisted suicide legalized, they are resorting to publishing methods of killing oneself that do not require physician assistance. With this information readily available, he asserts that more & more people will resort to DIY […]