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Medical Ethics: Euthanasia & Assisted Suicide

Suggested resources and other information for beginning research on the topic Medical Ethics.

Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide Websites

Be cautious in evaluating the objectivity of euthanasia and assisted suicide web sites! Most web sites on these topics support a particular point of view. Finding balanced information might be easier with print or electronic sources from the library. Ask a librarian for assistance.

Opposing Viewpoints

Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center is a collection of essays, articles and documents related to controversial issues. Be aware that these are mostly opinion pieces. 

Code of Ethics: Physician-Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia

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:


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