The medical profession was really ill-prepared to deal with the terminally ill. So the elderly patients were often just shunted aside. I was as guilty as anyone else—what can you do when someone is dying? You just look in through the door and say, ‘Hello, how’s everything going?’ and then you slip out as quickly as possible. And I thought, this was nonsensical. We should be doing this.
An assisted-suicide doctor tells us how he plans on using Oregon’s controversial Death With Dignity Act to end his own life sometime in the very near future—a law he helped establish.