Mark Komrad from Sheppard Pratt Health Systems: Monitoring the Changing Landscape of Physician Assisted Suicide

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The issue of physician assisted suicide is one that has been debated both in the medical community and in the general population. Recent law changes by some European countries have brought the issue to the forefront perhaps more than ever before.

The issue of physician assisted suicide is one that has been debated both in the medical community and in the general population. Recent law changes by some European countries have brought the issue to the forefront perhaps more than ever before.

Mark S. Komrad, MD, Ethicist in Residence for the Sheppard Pratt Health System in Baltimore discussed these changes during the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association in Atlanta. Countries like Belgium and the Netherlands have been at the forefront of these changes over the past decade, allowing mental illness access to this procedure moving beyond terminally ill patients who were the only ones who qualified up until this point.

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