Rational Suicide


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A suicide which is regarded as a rational choice in a terminally ill person
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This question has recently been addressed in the form of specifying standards of rational suicide (Battin, 1991; Battin, 1995; Siegel, 1986; Werth, 1996).
The danger of accepting rational suicide lies in the creation of what Emil Durkheim first described as a deterministic "sociogenic" process.
If rational suicide can serve the cause of human dignity and autonomy, it should also be recognized that such a death may often represent a compassionate act of shielding the person's family, children, and comrades from suffering, needless toll, psychological torture, comrades from suffering, needless toll, psychological torture, and even economic catastrophe.
Mental health workers, in their professional associations and literature and symposia, are still debating the criteria for rational suicide, but a rough consensus has been crafted.
Yet intervening with suicide is itself controversial, given its authoritarian intrusiveness and the fact that many support the notion of rational suicide for the terminally ill.
3] The proposal that a physician qua physician (or a medical ethic as such) is the necessary or best authority for the existential decision of rational suicide misrepresents medical knowledge and skills.
Michael Irwin, of the Society for Old Age Rational Suicide, helped with Anne's application to the clinic.
Furthermore, the image of rational suicide accepted by the judges in the Michigan and Washington cases is clearly refuted by the evidence gathered by the New York State Task Force.
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