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Med.: Mercy Killing Surveys #320529

CBS Evening News for Friday, Mar 04, 1988
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Right-wing right to die group reported claiming they burned surveys in which doctors admitted to aiding with mercy killing of terminally ill patients. Hemlock Society spokesperson quoted with regard to doctors who have performed mercy killings. Report introduced.

(Chicago, Illinois: Susan Spencer) Anonymous essay in "Journal of American Med. Association" featured and quoted on screen. [Med. ethicist Arthur CAPLAN - says case was unjustified murder.] [American Medical Association Dr. George LUNDBERG - comments on case.] American Medical Association noted refusing to name doctor discussed in essay. [Dr. Ron CRANFORD - comments on giving mother-in-law enough morphine to relieve pain from cancer and possibly hastening death.] Debate raging with regard to at what point is facilitating death acceptable. [CRANFORD - says purpose of medical isn't to promote suffering.] [CAPLAN - comments on argument.] State laws and doctors noted disagreeing over mercy killing issue.

Reporter(s):
Rather, Dan;
Spencer, Susan
Duration:
00:02:40

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