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    Back to Module 5: Physician-Assisted Suicide Debate

    Recommended Literature
    Downloadable Documents and Worksheets

    Recommended Literature

    Back AL, Wallace JI, Starks HE, Pearlman RA. Physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia in Washington State: Patient requests and physician responses. JAMA. 1996;275:919-925.

    Breitbart W, Jaramillo J, Chochinov HM. Palliative and terminal care. In: Holland J, ed. Textbook of Psycho-oncology. New York, NY: Oxford University Press; 1998: 437-449.

    Chochinov HM, Wilson K, Enns M, et al. Desire for death in the terminally ill. Am J Psychiatry. 1995;152:1185-1191.

    Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs. Physician-assisted suicide. In: Reports on End-of-Life Care. Chicago, IL: American Medical Association; 1998:41-45.

    Decisions near the end of life. Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs, American Medical Association. JAMA. 1992;267:2229-2233.

    Emanuel EJ, Fairclough DL, Daniels ER, Clarridge BR. Euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide: attitudes and experiences of oncology patients, oncologists, and the public. Lancet. 1996;347:1805-1810.

    Emanuel LL, ed. Regulating How We Die: The Ethical, Medical, and Legal Issues Surrounding Physician-Assisted Suicide. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press; 1998.

    Emanuel LL. Facing requests for physician-assisted suicide: toward a practical and principled skill set. JAMA. 1998;280:643-647.

    Meier DE, Emmons CA, Wallenstein S, Quill T, Morrison RS, Cassel CK. A national survey of physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia in the United States. N Engl J Med. 1998;338:1193-1201.

    van der Mass PJ, van Delden JJM, Pijnenborg L, et al. Euthanasia and other medical decisions concerning the end of life. Lancet. 1991;338:669-674.

    van der Wal G, van der Maas PJ, Bosma JM, et al. Evaluation of the notification procedure for physician-assisted death in the Netherlands. N Engl J Med. 1996;335:1706-1711.


    Downloadable Documents and Worksheets

    • Abobe Acrobat Reader    To Download Abobe Reader
    • facts.pdf     Important Facts about Physician-Assisted Suicide
    • protocol.pdf    How to Respond to Requests for Physician-Assisted Suicide or Euthanasia: A Six Step Protocol
    • module5.pdf    Module 5: Physician Assisted Suicide Debate
    • module5.ppt    Module 5: Physician Assisted Suicide Debate (Microsoft PowerPoint Slide Presentation)