Stefan Bernard Baumrin, MD, JD, Professor of Philosophy at the City University of New York, wrote in his chapter, "Physician, Stay Thy Hand!" that appeared in the 1998 book Physician Assisted Suicide: Expanding the Debate:

“Nothing, absolutely nothing, requires that physicians be the instruments of suicide aid… The physician’s task is to tell the patient…what’s wrong, and to the best of the doctor’s ability, what is going to happen. The physician’s job is to heal the sick, to stave off death, and to say as best as he or she can what the future will be like for each particular patient. The physician gets to be the helpless person’s medical guide because he or she is trusted to hold the patient’s good uppermost, and the patient’s good does not include death.”