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Editor's Correspondence
August 9/23, 1999

Euthanasia: Morals and Ethics

Arch Intern Med. 1999;159(15):1811-1817. doi:

I would be curious to know how Drs Sulmasy and Pellegrino would address the following cases: a "heretic" being prepared for torture on the rack or burning at the stake during the Inquisition and/or an Auschwitz inmate being brutalized prior to a trip to the gas chamber. Both of these individuals are otherwise healthy, have full knowledge of what awaits them, and ask the only available moral physician with access to morphine or comparable preparations, but who opposes euthanasia, for assistance in avoiding these horrors and ending their existence in a controlled and more peaceful manner.