Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics

Special Section: Physician-Aided Death: The Escalating Debate

Should Physicians Assist the Reaper?

Joram Graf Habera1

a1 Distinguished Professor of Philosophy in the Division of Humanities, Bergen Community College, Paramus, New Jersey.

Physician-assisted suicide is a novel idea having affinities with both suicide and euthanasia. It has affinities with suicide because it involves a self-inflicted death, and it has affinities with euthanasia because the physician is instrumental in the death. It is, however, not exactly either, making it the subject of an exciting debate.

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