On Promoting Rational Treatment, not Rational Suicide
Powell T~~Kornfeld D B
This article notes that the case report by Byer et al shows how too much attention to the option of suicide may obscure our vision from other beneficial interventions. Specifically, adequate evaluation & treatment of a patient’s depression, pain, & emotional & physical needs must precede any consideration of rational suicide. This article notes that for terminally ill patients, many health professionals fail to distinguish between clinical depression & a sad reaction to a poor prognosis.