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September 25, 2008

Dr. Kenneth Stevens’ and Dr. William Toffler’s Opinion Article “Assisted Suicide: Conspiracy and Control” was posted on The Oregonian’s online editorial section “The Stump” on 9/24/2008.  They comment on The Oregonian editorial of 9/20/2008 : “Washington state’s assisted suicide measure: Don’t go there”.

They comment on the following two realities:  first, the group controlling assisted suicide in Oregon is also the group controlling what the public is told; second, the claim that Oregon is a leader in improved end-of-life care because of assisted suicide is inaccurate.” 

 

In an effort to educate the physicians in Washington regarding the dangers of participating in physician-assisted suicide, PCCEFWA recently sent abstracts of these two articles to all physicians in Washington.

 

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Opiods and Benzodiazepines Appear Paradoxically to Delay Inevitable Death After Ventilator Withdrawal.
This article, published in the Journal of Palliative Care, (Vol 21:4/2005, pages 299-302) is one of the first trials showing that appropriate use of morphine in critically ill patients can prolong life as well as provide palliation and is an important contribution to the medical literature.

 

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"First do no harm" a clear line in law and medical ethics
An excellent article on Assisted Suicide in the United Kingdom by Professor Ilora Finlay, President Elect of the Royal Society of Medicine. Reprinted from JR Soc Med 2006 99:214-215

 

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Emotional and Psychological Effects of Physician-Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia on Participating Physicians. This article, published in Issues in Law & Medicine, Vol 21, pages 187-200, Spring 2006, is a review and evaluation of medical and public literature regarding the reported emotional and psychological effects of physician assisted suicide and euthanasia on the involved physicians.

 

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