Year: 1996 Source: Prentice Hall: Upper Saddle River, 1996. p.150-162 SIEC No: 20021323

This article explores the issue of whether physicians should stand by & let nature take its course, or whether assisted suicide or euthanasia can be justified in circumstances when patients are experiencing extreme suffering for which there is no effective treatment. The author examines the difference between letting die and killing, presents examples of justifiable killing, & outlines five major areas that physicians who perform acts of humane killing should be knowledgable in. Potential for abuse is also discussed.