Year: 1999 Source: Omega, v.40, no.1, (1999-2000), p.101-108 SIEC No: 20000154

A number of assumptions underlying the debate over physician-assisted suicide deserve closer scrutiny. This article argues that in such an emotionally-laden decision, factors such as patient competency may play a significant role & that even were physician-assisted suicide to gain widespread acceptance, ignoring them may lead to errors in classifying patients either as appropriate or inappropriate for physician-assisted suicide. (23 refs.)