ERIC Number: EJ880227
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 19
Psychological and Ethical Considerations Concerning the Debreather and Assisted Suicide: A Commentary on Ogden
Kleespies, Phillip M.
Death Studies, v34 n4 p318-324 2010
This article offers a commentary on the report by Russel Ogden (2010/this issue) on the use of the "debreather" for suicide assistance by the NuTech (or New Technologies for Self-Deliverance) program. The emergence of NuTech is set within its historical and political context. Nu Tech is criticized for its anarchic and extreme advocacy of self-determination to the neglect of other psychological and ethical considerations (e.g., the individual's emotional state, the mutability of his or her quality of life, and his or her decision-making capacity). Some of the risks of covert, unregulated, assisted death are noted as is a potential shift in healthcare that might diminish interest in the undignified NuTech methods of dying.
Descriptors: Quality of Life, Suicide, Psychology, Ethics, Equipment, Medical Services, Self Determination, Politics, Decision Making, Risk, Death, Advocacy
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