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Caring for Patients at the End of LifeFacing an Uncertain Future Together$
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Timothy Quill

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780195139402

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195139402.001.0001

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“Doctor, I Want to Die! Will You Help Me?”

“Doctor, I Want to Die! Will You Help Me?”

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(p.132) 9 “Doctor, I Want to Die! Will You Help Me?”
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Caring for Patients at the End of Life
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Timothy E. Quill (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195139402.003.0010

This chapter examines the problems of doctors in responding to patients' requests for physician-assisted death. It explores the potential meaning of such requests through a series of case vignettes and identifies acceptable responses that are tailored to the needs of the individual patient. The chapter discusses the clinical criteria that have been proposed as a guide for physicians who find assisted suicide a morally acceptable last-resort option for terminally ill patients with relentlessly progressive medical illnesses.

Keywords:   physician-assisted death, physicians, assisted suicide, terminally ill, terminal care

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