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Assisted Suicide

A Subject Guide providing suggested resources and other information for beginning research on the topic Assisted Suicide.

Background Information

The American Medical Association defines assisted suicide as, "when a physician facilitates a patient's death by providing the necessary means and/or information to enable the patient to perform the life-ending act," whereas euthanasia involves physicians and family members assisting in the death of a patient. Use the following sources to learn more about the medical, ethical, legal, and political aspects of assisted suicide.