Year: 1993 Source: Crisis, v.14, no.1, (1993), p.6-7 SIEC No: 19930356

This article notes that the debate about rational suicide & the health professional’s responsibility is vital to the continued evolution of a just & humane health care delivery system. The article discusses several complex issues: suicides in the absence of psychiatric illness; effect on cognitive function of psychiatric illness; the difficulty of distinguishing elders with clinical depression; elders with terminal illness; absence of capacity for rational choice; & attitudes toward the elderly.