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Monday, December 3, 2018

Physician Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia for People with Psychiatric Disorders: An Emerging Ethical Crisis


Location: Eck Visitor Center

Komrad Public Lecture 120318

In several European countries, physician assisted suicide and euthanasia by lethal injection are being made available to psychiatric patients with non-terminal mental illnesses – commonly administered by their own treating psychiatrists. Canada now offers euthanasia by injection for patients who are not strictly terminally ill, and the nation is on the verge of making it available to those with psychiatric disorders only. This raises profound ethical questions, for psychiatrists in particular, who have a core ethos and skill set to prevent suicide, find alternative paths to a better future, and help patients cope with and even make meaning of suffering. …

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018