To the Editor: We commend William1 for his perceptive review of the complex issues involved in euthanasia and assisted suicide (EAS).1 In contrast to the euphemisms in the popular media, he confronts us with some uncomfortable realities: EAS is the intentional taking of a person's life (E) or facilitating suicide (AS); doctors considering EAS may be (unconsciously) demonstrating “countertransference of their helplessness onto the patient;” and relief of all suffering is a fantasy beyond the ability of doctors, politicians and lawyers.
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