Samuel E. Paul, Robert M. Sade, Anne B. Redfern, Edwin J. Holman, James Davis, Peter Engel, Ernlé W.D. Young, William D. Cochran, Fernando G. Vescia, Dennis F. Saver, Thomas W. Furlow, Ronald W. Angel, Robert M. Schmidt, Roger Williams, James Rachels

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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 languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)863-867
Number of pages5
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number16
StatePublished - Apr 17 1975
Externally publishedYes

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  • General Medicine


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