Mass. Medical Society to weigh whether doctors should help the dying end their lives

Mass. Medical Society to weigh whether doctors should help the dying end their lives




The Massachusetts Medical Society is poised to deal with one of many thorniest points dealing with physicians: whether or not medical doctors ought to be allowed to prescribe deadly drugs to terminally ailing adults who wish to select when to die.

At a gathering Saturday, the society’s governing board will vote on a decision to finish its longstanding opposition to physician-assisted suicide and as a substitute take a impartial stance. Individuals may also be taught the outcomes of a survey of Massachusetts physicians on the problem.

“I’m certain will probably be vigorous and spirited dialogue,’’ stated Dr. Henry Lawrence Dorkin, the society’s president.