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HealthcarePapers 14(1) April 2014 : 27-31.doi:10.12927/hcpap.2014.23973
Commentary

Why Don’t More Physicians Support Assisted Death?

James Downar

Abstract

In this issue of Healthcare Papers, Maureen Taylor and Sandra Martin make a compelling case for the medical community to speak out in favour of physician-assisted death (PAD) in Canada. As a member of the medical community, I want to echo that call to my colleagues. But I also want to explain my own evolution in thinking about PAD, in the hope that this will help non-physicians understand why this is such a difficult issue for physicians to tackle. I also hope that it will convince some of my colleagues to heed Taylor and Martin’s call to speak out in favour of PAD. 

 

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