A1 Journal article – refereed

Medical expertise, existential suffering and ending life




List of Authors: Varelius J

Publisher: BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP

Publication year: 2014

Journal: Journal of Medical Ethics

Journal name in source: JOURNAL OF MEDICAL ETHICS

Journal acronym: J MED ETHICS

Volume number: 40

Issue number: 2

Number of pages: 4

ISSN: 0306-6800

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/medethics-2012-100812


Abstract

In this article, I assess the position that voluntary euthanasia (VE) and physician-assisted suicide (PAS) ought not to be accepted in the cases of persons who suffer existentially but who have no medical condition, because existential questions do not fall within the domain of physicians' professional expertise. I maintain that VE and PAS based on suffering arising from medical conditions involves existential issues relevantly similar to those confronted in connection with existential suffering. On that basis I conclude that if VE and PAS based on suffering arising from medical conditions is taken to fall within the domain of medical expertise, it is not consistent to use the view that physicians' professional expertise does not extend to existential questions as a reason for denying requests for VE and PAS from persons who suffer existentially but have no medical condition.



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