Year: 1986 Source: Archives of Internal Medicine, v.146, (January 1986), p.161-164 SIEC No: 19860782

Examined is the Bouvia case. The author states that although competent patients have a right to refuse medical care, they do not have the right to ask caregivers to assist in a suicide or partipate in a direct killing. Bouvia had claimed that she was unable to take her own life & wanted the hospital to provide pain relief & hygiene while she starved to death. 19 refs. (NBB)