Another piece on the question of physician assisted suicide (see Four Myths About Doctor-Assisted Suicide and Suicide by Choice? Not So Fast). I am not quite sure the distinction is quite as clear as Sunrise Rounds makes it out, but he lays out the concerns and issues very well. Quote:
The physician-patient relationship by definition focuses on life, and the end of our lives is still about life, not death, and can be lived with quality. To undermine the foundation of the physician’s role is to deprive the patient and family of that opportunity. If we truly wish suicide to be a realistic alternative then perhaps someone else, like perhaps funeral home directors, should do it. At least that relationship is clear. Why does that sound ridiculous? Because funeral homes are about being dead and doctors are about being alive. Why don’t we just keep it that way?
See also his follow-up post on the ethics and practices of prescribing morphine as a pain-killer.: