Year: 1993 Source: Anesthesiology, v.78, no.2, (February 1993), p.225-228 SIEC No: 19930465

The author describes how the issue of active euthanasia has moved from the periphery to the centre of death & dying questions. Its proffered justification has shifted from beneficence through a mix of beneficence & autonomy to pure autonomy. Jonsen argues that this is a shift that should be scrutinized, especially as public attitudes move toward favouring assisted suicide & sentiments for more tolerant law grow. (16 refs.)