Year: 1998 Source: Psychiatric Times, v.XV, no.2, (February 1998), 5p. SIEC No: 20050431

The author reviews & refutes the major arguments in favour of physician-assisted suicide (PAS). He suggests that the desire for PAS in terminally ill patients is often a symptom of major depression resulting from their physical illness. He argues that effective antidepressive treatment will most often alleviate suicidal ideation in these patients, & emphasizes the need for improved managed care. Possible symptoms of depression in terminally ill hospitalized patients are identified.