Year: 1980 Source: Lancet, (September 13 1980), p.571 SIEC No: 19841204

The Suicide Act of 1961 decriminalized suicide in the United Kingdom. In 1980, the Act was in the news again because of the decision of EXIT to publish a book that describes effective means of suicide. This article discusses two objections, based on legal & medical grounds, to this decision. It is asserted that there is an element of hypocrisy in the medical opposition to the book given the high suicide rate of physicians & their easy access to painless lethal agents.