n South African Psychiatry Review - Euthanasia : a problem for psychiatrists : review article
|Article Title||Euthanasia : a problem for psychiatrists : review article|
|© Publisher:||In House Publications|
|Journal||South African Psychiatry Review|
|Author||Graeme R. McLean|
|Publication Date||Feb 2004|
|Pages||10 - 26|
|Keyword(s)||Duty of care, Duty to sustain life, Ethics, Euthanasia and Suicide|
This paper discusses the ethics of euthanasia. Situations are described in which the normal duty to sustain life is overridden by other duties towards the patient; but these situations are contrasted with euthanasia properly so called. Arguments for euthanasia are considered, and a refutation of those arguments is offered. The case against euthanasia is reinforced by an appeal to the possible harmful consequences of a policy under which it is allowed. Particular implications for psychiatry are advocated.
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