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Álvarez RA
The right to choose: euthanasia and assisted suicide
Cir Gen 2013; 35 (S2)

Language: Español
References: 10
Page: 115-118
PDF: 4. Kb.


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ABSTRACT

This paper begins by clarifying what is meant by “euthanasia” and “assisted suicide” and distinguishes them from other end-of-life medical decisions. The places in which euthanasia or assisted suicide are legally allowed are mentioned as well as the legal situation in Mexico. The paper then analyzes some arguments against physician-assisted death and its relation to palliative care, specifically to terminal sedation. Finally, we comment on the current debate to consider extending the legal scope of physician-assisted death in two situations: for patients with dementia and for very elderly mentally competent individuals who wish to end their life.


Key words: Euthanasia, assisted suicide, palliative care, terminal sedation.


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