Scott Ames: a man giving up on himself

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Publication Type Journal Article
School or College College of Humanities
Department Philosophy
Creator Battin, Margaret P.
Other Author Maltsberger, J. T.; Goldblatt, M. J.
Title Scott Ames: a man giving up on himself
Date 2003
Description The tragic story of Scott Ames raises a fundamental question concerning involuntary commitment of patients when suicide seems likely. What right has a physician ever to interfere when apatient proposes to take his own life? Under ordinary cirucmstances one argues that because of depression, or some other mental illness, the patient's judgment is impaited, so that intervention to prevent suicide is reasonable and ethical, given the high probability that once the illness is treated, the patient will no longer want to kill himself, and will be glad he was prevented from it. Over some years of clinical experience I have observed that there is a greater reluctance among clinicians to stop a suicide attempt when the patient is already dying, and when the death the patient faces promises to be a harrowing one. There is a tendency in these circumstances no to interfere, for a variety of reasons, some reasonable and some hot.
Type Text
Publisher Guilford Press
Volume 33
Issue 3
First Page 331
Last Page 337
Subject Suicide prevention; Scott Ames
Subject LCSH Suicide -- Prevention; Suicide -- Prevention -- Moral and ethical aspects
Language eng
Bibliographic Citation Maltsberger, J. T., Battin, M. P., & Goldblatt, M. J. (2003). Scott Ames: A man giving up on himself. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 33(3), 331-7.
Rights Management (c) Guilford Press
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Date Created 2012-06-13
Date Modified 2021-05-06
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