Year: 2004 Source: Journal of Medical Ethics, v.30, no.2, (December 2004), p.82-84 SIEC No: 20060056

This article is an imagined dialogue between the ghost of a young suicide victim & an old school friend, now a doctor. The doctor regrets not realizing how troubled his friend was & wants to know if he could have prevented his suicide. The ghost, confident in death, challenges the doctor’s presumptions. Issues of sanity, free will, & societal judgment are explored in an encounter that can never take place, but which shed light on the thought processes of the suicidal. A commentary on this article follows.