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Assisted suicide in patients with “treatment-resistant depression”

Some authors have proposed accepting assisted suicide in patients with treatment-resistant depression (Journal Medicine Ethics 41; 577-83,2015). However, their arguments are called into question by FG Miller (J Med Ethics 41; 885-886, 2015), who questions the professional integrity of physicians who attend these patients and establish these diagnoses, since he believes that patients can be given new therapeutic aids that can improve their quality of life and thus restore the will to live. Therefore, he concludes that it is not appropriate to include patients with treatment-resistant depression within a legal option of assisted suicide.

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