In July 2002, Paul B. Bascom, MD, and Susan W. Tolle, MD, explored the
case of Mr G, a 47-year-old nursing home resident with advanced amyotrophic
lateral sclerosis (ALS). As he neared death, Mr G asked his physician, Dr
R, for physician-assisted suicide (PAS). Dr R did not respond directly to
the request, and instead referred Mr G to the nursing home's hospice program.
When the hospice social worker, Ms T, relayed back to Dr R that Mr G was still
interested in pursuing PAS, Dr R became angry with the hospice staff and chose
to withdraw from Mr G's care. The hospice medical director, Dr L, then became
Mr G's physician and began to try to understand the context and meaning of
Mr G's request.
Rabow MW, Markowitz AJ. Responding to Requests for Physician-Assisted Suicide"These Are Uncharted Waters for Both of Us . . . ". JAMA. 2002;288(18):2332. doi:10.1001/jama.288.18.2332