To the Editor: James Rachels's paper on “Active and Passive Euthanasia” (N Engl J Med 292:78–80, 1975) sounds so simple as stated by him that there seems to be little real difference between the two types—so why stand by and let a patient suffer to death? Having been a country doctor for 29 years and having treated many terminally ill patients at home, I can say there is a big difference between active and passive euthanasia. Mr. Rachels describes his hypothetical cases at the time when the decision is made. In actual practice there is no such point—just a.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||New England Journal of Medicine|
|State||Published - Apr 17 1975|
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