End-of-Life Decisions: A Psychosocial Perspective

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The recent defeat of a referendum to legalize physicianassisted suicide in Michigan (not to mention the performance of euthanasia on national television by a prominent pathologist) has underscored continued public interest in issues surrounding medical care delivered at the end of life. In a manner similar to its relative silence during the abortion debate in the 1980s, the medical community has been generally reticent to forward cogent arguments supporting viable models of end-oflife care. The group of essays compiled by Steinberg and Youngner are a welcome aberration to this disturbing trend.​

Primary Care Companion J Clin Psychiatry 1999;1(1):26 [book review]