Assisted Death – a Compassionate Response to a Medical Failure
The author argues that an adjudication of assisted death might follow from viewing it as a compassionate response to one sort of medical failure, rather than as something to be prohibited outright or as something to be established as a standard policy. By assisted death, Brody means either voluntary, active euthanasia or assisted suicide. He states that the “never say die” attitude of American physicians constitutes inappropriate medical practice. A good death should be called a medical success.