Year: 1999 Source: Hastings Center Report, v.29,no.3, (May-June 1999), p.30-36 SIEC No: 20030019

This article questions the argument that assisted suicide honors self-determination by returning control of their dying to patients themselves, especially when assistance is provided by a physician. The author argues that physician assisted suicide & measures proposed to safeguard patients from coercion in fact return ultimate authority over this decision to medicine & society, leading to the medicalization of suicide.