medicide


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medicide

(mĕd′ĭ-sīd′)
n.
Suicide accomplished with the aid of a physician.
A term referring to any form of facilitation by a doctor of the dying process in which a patient with a terminal illness is provided with passive, or, less commonly, active assistance in in ending his/her life
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In reviewing his book,Prescription Medicide: The Goodness of Planned Death,even such a vociferous supporter of voluntary euthanasia as Ludovic Kennedy could not help observing: "I wish another than he had invented the 'mercitron'."
One of his two sisters, Margo, later helped in his medicide practice, often videoing the patients as evidence that the procedure was carried out at their explicit request.
Norton, 1993) and Jack Kevorkian, Prescription Medicide: The Goodness of Planned Death (Buffalo, N.Y.: Prometheus Books, 1991).
Actually, Kevorkian's proposed practice of "medicide" closely resembles the execution of a death-row inmate by lethal injection.
Kevorkian deserves credit for his candor: He wants physician-assisted suicide to be a new medical specialty, "medicide." This gauche neologism should serve as a warning.
Nor did he keep his true motives a secret-he described them openly and with sickening candor in his book Prescription Medicide. At the time of his death, the National Catholic Register asked me to reflect on his life.
[17.] Jack Kevorkian, Prescription: Medicide (New York: Prometheus Books, 1991).