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ETHICS IN MEDICINE   University of Washington School of Medicine

Physician Aid-in-Dying:
Case 2 Discussion

This is the story of "Dianne," related by Dr. Timothy Quill (cite below). It represents the sort of case that advocates cite when making the argument for PAD. Suicide appears rational, the condition undeniably terminal. Dr. Quill provided the prescription and the patient ultimately used it. Others have argued that appropriate palliative care would have been sufficient to provide for a peaceful death and that the focus on PAD actually points to the failure of physicians to use palliative measures effectively.

Ultimately, the choice of action in such a case depends on the strength and soundness of the particular physician-patient relationship and the values of the individuals involved.

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