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October 23/30, 2002

A Patient Requesting Physician-Assisted Suicide

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Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor


Copyright 2002 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2002

JAMA. 2002;288(16):1984. doi:10.1001/jama.288.16.1981

To the Editor: In their discussion of responding to patients' requests for physician-assisted suicide (PAS), Drs Bascom and Tolle1 did not cite any of the vast psychological or social work literature related to end-of-life issues, some of which could have strengthened and supported their analyses. This reliance on medical journals, although understandable given that the authors are physicians, could lead readers to assume that no other relevant material had been published. A multidisciplinary review would be more consistent with the need for interdisciplinary collaboration in providing care.

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