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CommonHealth: The Ethical Conflict Doctors Face On Physician-Assisted Suicide11:11

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Ravi Parikh is a fourth-year student at Harvard Medical School and the multiple medical associations he belongs to are sending out contrasting opinions on Question 2, a ballot initiative Mass. voters will decide on next month:

Should a licensed physician be able to prescribe medication, at a terminally ill patient's request, to end that patient's life? 

The American Medical Associated and the Massachusetts Medical Society say no. In contrast, the American Medical Student Association supports it.

That made us wonder: Is there a generational shift when it comes to doctors' attitudes about physician assisted suicide?


  • Carey Goldberg, co-host of WBUR's CommonHealth blog
  • Ravi Parikh, fourth-year student at Harvard Medical School; co-founder of Harvard Medical School's palliative care interest group


This segment aired on October 23, 2012.

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