Year: 2000 Source: Annals of Internal Medicine, v.132, no.6, (March 21, 2000), p.482-487 SIEC No: 20000201

This paper defines the necessity & the limits of the physician’s role in assisted suicide by asking the question: Should assisted suicide be only physician assisted? The authors argue that it is not sufficient to ensure that patients requesting assisted suicide receive the best care. The willingness of other professionals, including nurses, social workers & clergy, to participate is critical to meeting society’s interest that assisted suicide be humane, effective & confined to appropriate cases.