Jeremy Laurance (Independent, 18 February 2010) reviews the evidence that doctors already assist covertly in suicide.
The ambivalence of the medical profession about assisted suicide was well caught by a 1996 Lancet editorial which said:
“There is a gap between what the profession collectively states and what individual members in practice sometimes do, under a cover that smacks of sophistry.” Lancet
Dr Michael Wilks, who chaired the British Medical Association’s Ethics Committee for a decade until 2006, says: “I see this whole battle over the involvement of doctors in assisted suicide as the last battle for patient autonomy.”
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