A much discussed theme in the debate about physician assisted suicide and a recurring issue in the book is the moral distinction between acts physician assisted suicide or euthanasia and omissions withholding or withdrawing treatment or letting die. Guy micco md is clinical director emeritus of the uc berkeley ucsf joint medical program and former director of the academic geriatric resource center where he teaches a course called the death course he also works as a palliative care and hospice physician california recently joined oregon washington vermont and montana in legalizing physician assisted suicide. It is the second choice physician assisted suicide which presents the moral quandary in todays legal system it would be considered illegal and thus has ramifications such as potential jail time and the loss of a medical license if the physicians actions are discovered assisted suicide laws in the united states. Code of medical ethics opinion 57 physician assisted suicide occurs when a physician facilitates a patients death by providing the necessary means and or information to enable the patient to perform the life ending act eg the physician provides sleeping pills and information about the lethal dose while aware that the patient may commit suicide. It declared rather that legalizing or criminalizing physician assisted suicide p as was a matter of states rights that is a matter for each state to decide for itself opinion 2211 physician assisted suicide american medical association view full issue
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