Margaret A.Winker, MDIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Senior EditorsIndividualAuthor
To the Editor: Dr
Emanuel's1 8 progressive steps for responding to requests
for PAS are a welcome set of recommendations, especially given her
clear articulation of their basis in 2 allegedly uncontroversial moral
principles. Although I support their use, I wonder if her second
principle—"the physician's obligation to provide suffering patients
effective comfort care"—will remain as uncontroversial as she claims
it is when the length to which she carries it is fully grasped.
Menzel P. Responding to Patient Requests for Physician-Assisted Suicide. JAMA. 1999;281(3):227–229. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-281-3-jbk0120
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