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Marcia Angell, MD Biography

Senior Lecturer at the Department of Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School
Pro to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"

“There is no right way to die, and there should be no schism between advocates for better palliative care and advocates for making it possible to hasten death with a physician’s help. Good palliative care and the right to make this choice are no more mutually exclusive than good cardiologic care and the availability of heart transplantation. To require dying patients to endure unrelievable suffering, regardless of their wishes is callous and unseemly. Death is hard enough without being bullied. Like the relief of pain, this too is a matter of mercy.”

“I’ve never taken a public position on euthanasia, only on physician-assisted suicide (which I support).”

“The Quality of Mercy,” The Willits News, July 11, 2006

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Senior Lecturer, Department of Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School
  • Former Editor-in-Chief, New England Journal of Medicine
  • Fellow of the American College of Physicians (FACP)
  • Member, Association of American Physicians
  • Member, Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of the Sciences
  • Member, Alpha Omega Alpha National Honor Medical Society
  • Named one of the 25 most influential Americans, Time magazine, 1997
  • MD, Boston University School of Medicine
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?
  2. Would Improving Palliative Care Decrease Patient Requests for Physician-Assisted Suicide?