Hektoen International

A Journal of Medical Humanities

Tag: right to die

  • Going boldly into the night: a reflection on “death with dignity”

    Lenore M. Montanaro North Kingstown, Rhode Island    Anatomy of the Heart by Enrique Simonet, 1890, The Prado Museum, Madrid Doctors should minimize one’s suffering at death and uphold the patient’s right to bodily integrity and self-determination. If someone with decisional capacity is diagnosed with a terminal illness such as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (“Lou Gehrig’s disease”),…