Suicide assisted

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suicide, assisted

deliberate acceleration of death of a competent patient with an incurable disease or in the extremes of suffering. The patient seeking assistance in taking his own life may ask the help of a physician or other health professional, a family member, or a friend. The milieu may be a hospital, nursing home, or private residence. Assistance to the person in dire physical or psychological distress may take the form of lethal doses of medications or chemicals to be taken orally or by injection through human intervention or with a so-called suicide machine.