Year: 1998 Source: Southern Medical Journal, v.91, no.7, (July 1998), p.694-696 SIEC No: 20030121

This article discusses rights of people at the end of their lives to refuse or withdraw treatment when its burdens outweigh its benefits. Advocates of doctor-assisted death cited state that death does not equate with harm when life holds only unrelenting misery. Critics argue that there is a possibility of abuse when capable but vulnerable patients are subtly coerced to choose death. The author states that during this debate, society must continue to advance care for & knowledge of the dying patient. (5 refs) (SC)