An ALS patient in a state with a “death with dignity” law requests his physician’s aid in ending his life, as he is unable to self-administer a lethal prescription. How should his physician respond?
Parents of a sexually-active adolescent who has HIV ask his son's physician to delay disclosure of his seropositive status to him for as long as possible. Should the physician comply?
Our editorial mission is to help medical students and physicians make sound ethical decisions in service to patients and society. Founded in 1999, the AMA Journal of Ethics explores the ethical questions and challenges that students, residents, and other physicians confront in their educational and practice careers.