Year: 1995 Source: Psychosomatics, v.36, no.5, (September-October 1995), p.445-457 SIEC No: 19950446

The authors review current understandings of the psychiatric aspects of requests by terminally ill patients for assisted suicide & euthanasia. An approach to the common problems of physical, psychological, social & spiritual suffering encountered in managing dying patients is described. The functions of the psychiatrist in addressing these problems are elaborated. Numerous case examples are provided. (75 refs.)