Altruism and physician assisted death
Language: 
English
Abstract: 

We assume that a statute permitting physician assisted death has been passed. We note that the rationale for the passage of such a statute would be respect for individual autonomy, the avoidance of suffering and the possibility of death with dignity. We deal with two moral issues that will arise once such a law is passed. First, we argue that the rationale for passing an assistance in dying law in the first place provides a justification for assisting patients to die who are motivated by altruistic reasons as well as patients who are motivated by reasons of self-interest. Second, we argue that the reasons for passing a physician assisted death law in the first place justify extending the law to cover some nonterminal patients as well as terminal patients.

Author(s): 
Gunderson, M.
Mayo, D. J.
Item Type: 
Journal Article
Publication Title: 
The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy
Journal Abbreviation: 
J Med Philos
Publication Date: 
1993-06
Publication Year: 
1993
Pages: 
281-295
Volume: 
18
Issue: 
3
ISSN: 
0360-5310
Library Catalog: 
PubMed
Extra: 
PMID: 8366320

Turabian/Chicago Citation

M. Gunderson and D. J. Mayo. 1993-06. "Altruism and physician assisted death." The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 18: 3: 281-295.

Wikipedia Citation

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