Year: 1994 Source: Omega, v.29, no.4, (1994), p.291-301 SIEC No: 19941008

This article examines the feasibility of the palliative approach for all patients, showing that reasonable people may refuse even the most exemplary care for themselves or an incompetent relative. Palliative care should always have an important place in medicine. Yet medical realities & the alleviation of pointless suffering necessitate that policymakers consider other options, including active euthanasia, consistent with patient autonomy & the right to die. (44 refs.)