Year: 1997 Source: Psychiatric Times, v.XIV, no.11, (November 1997), 5p. SIEC No: 20050434

The author reports on the U.S. Supreme Court’s rejection of a constitutional right to physician-assisted suicide. The background leading up to the decision, including the legalization of physician-assisted suicide in the state of Oregon, is reviewed, & implications for the practice of medicine in the U.S. are identified. The author highlights recommendations made by the Supreme Court justices’ regarding the need for improved hospice & palliative care.