Year: 1998 Source: Journal of Long-Term Home Health Care, v.17, no.2, (Spring 1998), p.42-49 SIEC No: 20040456

This article discusses the 1994 report by the New York State Task Force on Life & the Law on assisted suicide & euthanasia, which was quoted in the landmark decisions of the US Supreme Court (June 26, 1997). The place & purpose of a professional code of ethics is considered, including the Hippocratic Oath & the most recent Code of Medical Ethics. The author also provides insight on the impact of assisted suicide & euthanasia on the frail elderly, & outlines their comments on the impact physician-assistsed suicide has on the medical ethic. (9 refs)