Euthanasia: A Problem for Psychiatrists

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This paper discusses the ethics of euthanasia. Situations are described in which the normal duty to sustain life is overridden by other duties towards the patient; but these situations are contrasted with euthanasia properly so called. Arguments for euthanasia are considered, and a refutation of those arguments is offered. The case against euthanasia is reinforced by an appeal to the possible harmful consequences of a policy under which it is allowed. Particular implications for psychiatry are advocated.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10-18
Number of pages9
JournalSouth African Psychiatry Review
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2004


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