Year: 1991 Source: The New England Journal of Medicine, v.325, no.15, (October 10, 1991), p.1100-1103 SIEC No: 19910996

The authors of this article welcome discussion over euthanasia; however, they assert the impact of mental illness on rational decision making in euthanasia cases is overlooked. They state that many physicians responsible for assisting suicide are not equipped to assess the presence of depressive illness, particularly in the elderly. Many studies show primary care physicians often fail to recognize treatable depression. The authors are also concerned with possible ageism. (VM)