Death with Dignity Is Not Just for Dogs

Euthanasia, or ‘good death,’ is standard end-of-life care for many pets. But when it comes to humans, failing a DNR order, doctors tend to go as far as they can to save a life—but is that the best approach? asks University of California psychiatry professor Joseph Pierre.

‘Death with dignity’ is spreading and several countries have embraced voluntary active euthanasia. But the issue has been highly politicized, and neither doctors nor patients want to “take responsibility for being the hand of death,” writes Pierre.

Describing euthanizing his own dog, Pierre writes: “It was a good death. We should be so lucky.”



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