Paul D. Simmons, PhD, Clinical Professor in the Department of Family and Geriatric Medicine at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, wrote in Faith and Health: Religion, Science, and Public Policy, published in 2008:

“The ethical question about assisted suicide is much larger than attitudes toward Dr. Kevorkian, of course. Other physicians have also assisted patients to commit suicide. Kevorkian was the most visible and outspoken physician associated with the practice and the ethical questions that attend that debate, but he is by no means alone in pushing the issue. Are such physicians a friend or foe to moral medicine? Was Kevorkian’s suicide machine a symbol of a moral horror that should enrage the public and be outlawed in every state legislature, or was it a welcome sign of hope in the midst of a technological takeover at the end of life? What of the future? Will other forms of assisted death become commonplace as we enter a new era of medicine?”