ERIC Number: EJ880228
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 10
The Debreather and NuTech: A Reply to Kleespies
Ogden, Russel D.
Death Studies, v34 n4 p325-329 2010
This article responds to Phillip Kleespies's (2010/this issue) commentary on NuTech fieldworkers and their use of the debreather. Non-medical assistance with suicide raises legitimate concerns about accountability, public safety, and care for those who are suffering. Given that suicide is not a crime, an outcome of the NuTech movement may be that suicide techniques will become refined to a point where covert assistance is unnecessary. Assuming that the internal social controls of NuTech fieldworkers will permit greater transparency, it is foreseeable that fieldworkers will eventually report suicides to the authorities, similar to the Swiss model for assisted suicide.
Descriptors: Medical Services, Suicide, At Risk Persons, Self Determination, Role, Health Personnel, Civil Rights, Legal Responsibility
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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