10-7-09 physician assisted suicide

10-7-09 physician assisted suicide - 10-7-09 Physician...

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10-7-09 Physician assisted suicide In general the AMA said that many doctors said that physician assisted suicide is never ok because doctors are suppose to save lives Some doctors say that if a patient is really in pain shouldn’t the doctor be able to help them die in a comfortable matter on the patient’s own terms A lady in LA had severe Parkinson’s disease and had a doctor that gave her too much L dopa and it made her psychotic and delusional (Mrs. S) o L-dopa- drug that changes the brain chemicals that could help control their tremors Too much can make them crazy o The family changed doctors and the new doctors gave her the correct dosage o Her sister had cancer and she had obtained from her oncologist some barbituiates that she was allowed to take orally so that she could end her life This is what is called physician assisted suicide or physician added dying o This lady saw a psychiatrist to see if he/she would give her the drugs to help her die The doctor said no b/c he said that she was depressed She said that she was depressed because she had Parkinson’s disease not because she was clinically depressed o He doctor knew that she went to try and get some drugs to help her die, and even though he didn’t believe in physician assisted suicide he wanted to help her fulfill her wishes o She wanted to die because she didn’t want to continue to live if she had to be helped doing everything o In California at that time and today, assisting a suicide was a crime, anyone who aids
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This note was uploaded on 12/24/2009 for the course UGS 303 taught by Professor Foster during the Fall '08 term at University of Texas.

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