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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.

Position Statement on Euthanasia
Aug 20, 1970

The national peak body for palliative care, Palliative Care Australia, issued their most recent Statement on Euthanasia (Why not voluntary euthanasia?, one might ask.) in March 1999 at their Nation

Campaigner fights muzzle
Aug 20, 1970

Voluntary euthanasia campaigner Lesley Martin, who has been charged with the attempted murder of her mother, will fight in court next week against a muzzling order.

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.

ASSESSMENT AND MANAGEMENT OF PAIN IN PALLIATIVE CARE PATIENTS
Aug 20, 1970

Pain affects more than 70% of cancer patients but is often undertreated. The authors review and present methodologies to maximize proper palliative approaches to this symptom for the majority of patients.

Arrested for Showing Compassion
Aug 20, 1970

Michael Irwin, MD, on his arrest for conspiring to assist the suicide of Patrick Kneen.

Doctor found reckless for not relieving pain
Aug 20, 1970

San Francisco Chronicle
Thursday, June 14, 2001

Doctor found reckless for not relieving pain
$1.5 million jury verdict for family of cancer patient who went home to Hayward to die

Matthew Yi, Chronicle Staff Writer


In a trial that became a forum for the debate over how pain is treated in American medicine, an Alameda County jury yesterday found that an internist committed elder abuse and reckless negligence by not giving enough pain medication to a Hayward man dying of cancer.

Crisis Site
Aug 20, 1970

From the About.com Depression guide. If you are considering suicide, go here now.

Federal judge temporarily blocks Ashcroft directive on assisted suicide
Aug 20, 1970

A federal judge on Thursday temporarily blocked a new federal directive intended to thwart Oregon's assisted suicide law.

Second reading of UK Patient (Assisted Dying) Bill (6th June 2003)
Aug 20, 1970

Future notice: On 6th June a Patient (Assisted Dying) Bill will proceed to its second reading in the House of Lords.

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