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Physician-assisted suicide occurs when a physician provides a medical means for death, usually a prescription for a lethal amount of medication that the patient takes on his or her own. In euthanasia, the physician directly and intentionally administers a substance to cause death. six states and the District of Columbia have legalized the practice of physician-assisted suicide in the United States (77). Many other states have had referenda and legislative proposal on both sides of the issues.
American College of Physicians (Ed.). (n.d.). ACP ethics manual seventh edition. Retrieved August 19, 2019, from ACP Center for Ethics and Professionalism website: https://www.acponline.org/clinical-information/ethics-and-professionalism/acp-ethics-manual-seventh-edition-a-comprehensive-medical-ethics-resource/acp-ethics-manual-seventh-edition
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