Year: 1994 Source: American Journal of Psychiatry, v.151, no.7, (July 1994), p.953-955 SIEC No: 19950451

The role of the psychiatric profession in medical cases involving a patient’s right to die & their ability to make a coherent decision about that choice is discussed. As medicine moves away from traditions & approaches the “undiscovered country” of an expansive right to die, the questions of depression & competence become urgent. However, physician-assisted suicide challenges centuries of traditions that have ensured public trust in the medical profession. (16 refs.)