A good death: is euthanasia the answer?
Martin L. Smith, STDAddress reprint requests to M.L.S., Department of Bioethics, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, 9500 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44195.
James Orlowski, MD
Charles Radey, MD
Giles Scofield, JD
Euthanasia—particularly active voluntary euthanasia—and assisted suicide are subjects of continuing controversy. Historical attitudes, current concerns, the situation in the Netherlands, and the positions of various medical associations are reviewed. Major arguments for and against active euthanasia are presented, with special consideration to the role that health care providers might be asked to perform should active euthanasia and assisted suicide be given societal sanction. The authors conclude that better pain management and A willingness to provide care within already established ethical and legal guidelines, not the legalization of active euthanasia and assisted suicide, are the appropriate responses to current proposals for assistance in dying.