Year: 1993 Source: Journal of Medical Ethics, v.19, no.2, (June 1993), p.111-113 SIEC No: 19930847

The author argues that most healthy adults would like to have the choice of medical help to die if they become incurably ill and find their suffering intolerable. The reasons for this are explored, based on 10 years of listening and talking about the subject to a wide variety of people in many countries. This paper concentrates on the dislike of losing independence and its closely associated wish to continue to behave altruistically. (8 refs.)