(Correspondence) Redefining Physicians’ Role in Assisted Dying

Edward Lowenstein, Marcia Angell

New England Journal of Medicine, NEJM
New England Journal of Medicine

To the Editor: As two of the original petitioners to bring a Death with Dignity Act before Massachusetts voters, we are pleased that Prokopetz and Lehmann believe “there is a compelling case for legalizing assisted dying,” as they state in their Perspective article (July 12 issue).1 However, we oppose their idea that physicians who agree that assisted dying is sometimes indicated might outsource the actual writing of the prescription to a government agency, presumably because they find that final step “incompatible with the physician’s role as healer” (in the words of the statement on the subject by the American Medical . . .

Angell M., Lowenstein E. Letter re: Redefining Physicians’ Role in Assisted Dying. N Engl J Med 2013; 368:485-486 January 31, 2013 DOI: 10.1056/NEJMc1209798