Year: 1999 Source: Community Mental Health Journal, v.35, no.1, (February 1999), p.5-14 SIEC No: 20000420

This paper discusses the ethical, social & economic arguments against physician-assisted suicide, including a historical perspective on other socially-sanctioned inappropriate uses of medical technology and expertise. This paper maintains that a truly dignified death does not come at the hand of a physician-healer, despite compelling arguments that it is a compassionate act. (18 refs.)