Surgery or Assisted Suicide?
In this very brief letter to the editor, the author outlines the case of an elderly man who sought counselling concerning euthanasia. Several months of nondirective discussions followed. When a new life-threatening symptom was diagnosed, the patient was able to convince his doctors to perform surgery even though the prognosis was very poor. The patient died & thus achieved his wish of expediting his death. Dr. Schnaper presents this case not to blame anyone, but as a matter of clinical concern.