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The "good death", an ideal within our grasp
Aug 20, 1970

Death represents the only certitude we have in life. Our hour will inevitably come and each person must ask himself how he wishes to die. Doctors, like everyone else, are vulnerable beings and they are subjective and emotive, and have personal ethics based on religious beliefs and philosophies. We identify with each other and are faced with our own death and the questions: when will it occur and how?

We know very well that there is no age for dying and that death can knock on our door at any moment and under the most unexpected circumstances.

Exploring the Angst of the Terminally Ill
Aug 20, 1970

Patients considering euthanasia are worried less about unbearable pain than about the social and emotional disintegration that accompanies terminal illness, a new survey has found.

Kevorkian Controversy
Aug 20, 1970

Written by the Detroit Free Press a chronological study of Jack Kevorkian and issues surrounding his work.

A plea for the hopelessly ill
Aug 20, 1970

Most proposals for law reform to allow voluntary euthanasia focus on the dying. This is perhaps due to a perception that it will be easier to succeed with law reform if it is limited to the terminally ill.

Bush policy on suicide is shielded in secrecy
Aug 20, 1970

Nathan Diament spent two years lobbying Congress to shut down Oregon's assisted-suicide law. But when Bush administration officials called Tuesday to say they had done the job by administrative action, he was not only pleased but also surprised.

Archive of US Supreme Court judgements
Aug 20, 1970
Drawing the Euthanasia Movement Together
Aug 20, 1970

Book review by Malcolm Hurwitt
"The Good Euthanasia Guide 2004: Where, What, and Who in Choices in Dying", by Derek Humphry.

Right to die case taken to European court
Aug 20, 1970

A terminally-ill woman took her fight for the right to "die with dignity" to the European court of human rights today.

ATTITUDES AND DESIRES RELATED TO EUTHANASIA AND PHYSICIAN-ASSISTED SUICIDE AMONG TERMINALLY ILL PATIENTS AND THEIR CAREGIVERS
Aug 20, 1970

Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), Nov. 16, 2000, Vol;284:2460-2468

This article received considerable attention in the press when it was released.

Author Information Ezekiel J. Emanuel, MD, PhD; Diane L. Fairclough, DPH; Linda L. Emanuel, MD, PhD

Context Euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide (PAS) are highly controversial issues. While there are studies of seriously ill patients' interest in euthanasia and PAS, there are no data on the attitudes and desires of terminally ill patients regarding these issues.

Bid to legalise assisted suicide
Aug 20, 1970

Lord Joel Joffe - a retired human rights lawyer who defended Nelson Mandela - wants the right to assisted suicide enshrined on the statute book.

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