Rosamond Rhodes, PhD, Director of Bioethics Education at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, wrote in her chapter, "Physicians, Assisted Suicide, and the Right to Live or Die," that appeared in the 1998 book Physician Assisted Suicide: Expanding the Debate:

“A doctor’s commitment to acting for patients’ good creates a clear obligation to help a patient avoid an agonizing, protracted death. Allowing a patient to suffer when the suffering could be ended is an obvious violation of the duty of beneficence…

Sometimes, because of special features of the need, or because of the special relationship, or because of the uniqueness of the knowledge involved, a physician may have a professional obligation to assist in a suicide or perform euthanasia.”