An academic internist looks at euthanasia

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This paper points out that to persons unfamiliar with the context and suffering of dying patients, their loved ones, and last, but by no means least, the health care team can only discuss the very concrete question of euthanasia in an abstract way unaware of the fact that this question must, in the final analysis, be differently addressed in different specific patients and under specific circumstances. This paper poses questions which must be addressed and will rarely find a good answer but at least the best among a series of unpalatable options. It again points out the important and legitimate place that emotions play in decision-making.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)209-214
Number of pages6
JournalHealth Care Analysis
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2004


  • Emotion
  • Family
  • Health-care team
  • Reason
  • Suffering
  • Therapeutic belligerence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Health Professions(all)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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