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Physician-assisted suicide is the wrong solution

Physician-assisted suicide is the wrong solution

At a time when life is devalued, when people are killed over necklaces or iPods, physician-assisted suicide ill serves patients, physicians and society, said Michael H. Levy, M.D., Ph.D., during a talk at internal medicine grand rounds in January.“If we look at physician-assisted suicide as an act of hastening death,” said Levy, vice chair of the Department of Medical Oncology at the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, “then it is an act of harm. … Do we really need to kill the patient to kill the pain?”Levy said physician-assisted suicide violates key tenets of medical ethics; erodes trust in health professionals; and diminishes what...

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Is sleep no more than a cure for sleepiness?

Is sleep no more than a cure for sleepiness?

In 1989, when scientists kept rats from sleeping, the rats started to die by the 11th day. By the...

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The teachings of Maimonides and a moral imperative

The teachings of Maimonides and a moral imperative

The 12th-century physician Maimonides, who lived in Spain and Egypt, achieved fame as a rabbi and...

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Environment and society: which determines health risks?

Environment and society: which determines health risks?

A two-story house has peeling paint and no yard. Behind it loom industrial smokestacks. Mark R....

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