Euthanasia and physician assisted suicide; A social work update

Paul R. Smokowski, John S. Wodarski

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    Considering the recent actions of Dr. Jack Kevorkian, Dr. Timothy Quill and the Hemlock Society's initiatives for legalizing physician assisted suicide for special cases in the states of Washington, Oregon and California, arguments for and against euthanasia and physician assisted suicide have grown into a substantial and impassioned debate. This paper outlines and analyzes salient issues within the controversy of legalizing physician assisted suicide for terminally ill patients. It highlights significant issues for state and federal policy formation and further suggests unique roles which medical social workers might play in developing and implementing a compassionate and reliable system for caring for the terminally ill.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)53-65
    Number of pages13
    JournalSocial Work in Health Care
    Issue number1
    StatePublished - 1996

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Community and Home Care
    • Psychiatry and Mental health


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