Intended for healthcare professionals

Rapid response to:


Legalising active euthanasia and physician assisted suicide

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 06 April 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:846

Rapid Response:

Legal assisted suicide by non-doctors

As a matter of fact,legal permission to non-doctors to perform the exit of a life,even in a situation of extreme suffering and no help of the medical conditions for the Science at the moment,is not a unique law or moral or even religious point-of-view:euthanasia can be discussed more and more,and certainly there are cases of considerable permission of all envolved people to medical assistence;however,the legal permission to a relative,for example,to help someone to die,open an enormous door of possibilities,a shadow zone between euthanasia and homicide,a subject that may not be a part of a medical act,and,without doubt,to be mantained away for all society.

Competing interests: No competing interests

06 April 2002
Staff Neurologist,MD,MSc
Albert Einstein Jewish Hospital,Sao Paulo,SP,Brazil,01124-010