Irony of supporting physician-assisted suicide: a personal account

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Publication Type Journal Article
School or College College of Humanities
Department Philosophy
Creator Battin, Margaret P.
Title Irony of supporting physician-assisted suicide: a personal account
Date 2010-08
Description Under other circumstances, I would have written an academic paper rehearsing the arguments for and against legalization of physician-assisted suicide: autonomy and the avoidance of pain and suffering on the pro side, the wrongness of killing, the integrity of the medical profession, and the risk of abuse, the ?slippery slope,? on the con side. I?ve always supported the pro side. What this paper is, however, is a highly personal account of the challenges to my thinking about right-to-die issues. In November 2008, my husband suffered a C2/C3 spinal cord injury in a bicycle collision, leaving him ventilator-dependent, almost completely paralyzed, and in the hospital?but fully alert and profoundly self-reflective. What if he wanted to die? This paper draws from two multimedia presentations?
Type Text
Publisher Springer
Volume 13
Issue 4
First Page 403
Last Page 411
Language eng
Bibliographic Citation Battin, M. P. (2010). Irony of supporting physician-assisted suicide: a personal account. Medicine, Healthcare and Philosophy, 13(4), 403-11.
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Date Created 2012-06-13
Date Modified 2021-05-06
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