Year: 1991 Source: Hastings Center Report, v.21, no.2, (March-April 1991), p.33-35 SIEC No: 19911036

In this article, a parallel is drawn between war technology we find unacceptable (e.g., chemical weapons) & the debate over assisted suicide & Jack Kevorkian’s suicide machine. Michigan’s 2 legal precedents in assisted suicide cases, & Janet Adkins’ suicide by Kevorkian’s machine are described. The author asserts war technology which depersonalizes death is usually perceived as acceptable, although medical technology like Kevorkin’s machine is seen as reprehensible because it is too impersonal.