Year: 1986 Source: Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, v.31, no.2, (March 1986), p.91-96 SIEC No: 19860325

The moral values of contemporary society present a turmoil of pluralistic, often confusing values. The authors question the proper attitude of the physician toward the suicidal patient, based on dynamic social attitudes & values. The professional must make the choice between supporting the patient’s autonomous right to make such a decision independently & using his professional influence to sustain the patient’s life. The roots of today’s medical dilemma & their implication are discussed.