Sunday, January 2, 2011
Physician Assisted Suicide
Physician assisted suicide (PAS) is defined as the act of facilitating a patient's death by "providing the necessary means and/or information to enable the pt to perform the life-ending act." According to the AMA code of Medical Ethics, "PAS is fundamentally incompatible with the physician's role as a healer."
One could carp up decent arguments against the AMA, but the stance towards PAS in the U.S will be slow to change because while public acceptance of this end-of-life intervention is growing (albeit slowly), much research is lacking on the attitudes of people towards PAS.
For the next 1.2 years I'll be working on my thesis dealing with this important subject. I plan to write a bit more about this topic in the future and hopefully raise awareness -- being objective while still putting my two cents (if that makes sense :} )