Vol 16, No 1 (2019)
Case report
Published online: 2019-02-09
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Assisted suicide: ethical and legal problem

Katarzyna M. Bliźniewska-Kowalska, Monika Talarowska, Agnieszka Szewczyk, Piotr Gałecki
Psychiatria 2019;16(1):44-49.

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Abstract

The phenomenon of assisted suicide is even more common. From the legal point of view, assisted suicide and
euthanasia should be distinguished. During assisted suicide, the organization provides only the necessary resources,
and the patient himself commits suicide by self-administration of the deadly dose of the substance.
Assisted suicide is legal in many countries, and in Switzerland it is also allowed for foreigners. In this paper, we
present two clinical cases in which Polish patients were willing to undergo such procedure. The aim of this study
was to present legal and ethical problems related to the issue of assisted suicide according to the Polish law.

Abstract

The phenomenon of assisted suicide is even more common. From the legal point of view, assisted suicide and
euthanasia should be distinguished. During assisted suicide, the organization provides only the necessary resources,
and the patient himself commits suicide by self-administration of the deadly dose of the substance.
Assisted suicide is legal in many countries, and in Switzerland it is also allowed for foreigners. In this paper, we
present two clinical cases in which Polish patients were willing to undergo such procedure. The aim of this study
was to present legal and ethical problems related to the issue of assisted suicide according to the Polish law.

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Keywords

assisted suicide, mental health, suicide, legal issues, ethical issues

About this article
Title

Assisted suicide: ethical and legal problem

Journal

Psychiatria (Psychiatry)

Issue

Vol 16, No 1 (2019)

Article type

Case report

Pages

44-49

Published online

2019-02-09

Bibliographic record

Psychiatria 2019;16(1):44-49.

Keywords

assisted suicide
mental health
suicide
legal issues
ethical issues

Authors

Katarzyna M. Bliźniewska-Kowalska
Monika Talarowska
Agnieszka Szewczyk
Piotr Gałecki

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