Year: 1994 Source: Annals of Internal Medicine, v.121, no.10, (November 15, 1994), p.793-802 SIEC No: 19940927

This article notes that 19th century arguments for/against euthanasia are identical to today’s arguments & suggest 4 conclusions. Public interest in euthanasia: is not linked with advances in biomedical technology; it flourishes in times of economic recession; it arises when physician authority over medical decision-making is challenged; & it occurs when terminating life-sustaining medical interventions become standard medical practice & interest develops in extending such practices. (113 Refs.)