Assisted Dying – Where did the discussion go?

There is so much talk as of late, about end of life care, the cost associated with it, the loss of dignity associated with a team pounding on your chest trying to save you when you are 92 years old. But I haven’t heard much these days about assisted suicide. Perhaps better phrased as assisted dying, at least in mind mind. It’s been at least before medical school that I heard anyone talking about this issue, maybe not since the days of Jack Kevorkian. I wonder why not? If you watch this video, with the description included below, maybe you’ll wonder, like I did, why is this not allowed? What is so bad about this? Why are people not permitted to die with dignity, on their own terms, after living a full and fruitful life, surrounded by those they love?


Peter – a lovely, brave, old-fashioned man who has a splendid wine cellar and used to drive sports cars and fly aeroplanes – has motor neurone disease. “It’s a beastly, undignified business,” he says, Britishly. Soon he’ll go to Dignitas in Switzerland to die. Terry, who has Alzheimer’s disease, is thinking about assisted dying too.

About ER Jedi

I’m a resident doctor in Emergency Medicine and I’ve learned during the past few years that 1) I’ve had some pretty amazing experiences 2) I have a very bad short-term memory. So this blog is just a place for me to write about some of these experiences, from the ER, medical school, the wards and life in general. At least that way I’ll have some idea as to where I’ve been all this time. A scrap-book of sorts, a place to vent, organize some clinical tools and post a few good songs I’ve heard along the way.

Posted on June 18, 2011, in Life. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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