Last updated on: 8/24/2007 | Author: ProCon.org

William Burke, MD, PhD Biography

Title:
Title: Professor Emeritus at Saint Louis University School of Medicine
Position:
Con to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“In many states it is now legal to euthanize disabled persons by starvation and dehydration without any evidence of their wishes based on the ‘best interest’ form of substituted judgement… In my view this is not only murder it is torturing a person to death. Why do state and Federal law allow this barbaric behaviour?”

Email to ProCon.org, Jan. 4, 2007

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Professor Emeritus, Department of Neurology, Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, Department of Internal Medicine, Saint Louis University Health Sciences Center
  • Fellow, American Academy of Neurology, 1994-present
  • Co-founder and Executive Committee Member, Saint Louis University Brain Bank
  • Executive Committee Member, Planned Program Project on Alzheimer’s Disease at Saint Louis University
  • Invited Reviewer, Journal of Neurosurgery
  • Invited Reviewer, Analytical Biochemistry
  • Invited Reviewer, Journal of the American Geriatric Society
  • Invited Reviewer, Biological Psychiatry
  • Invited Reviewer, Neuroscience Letters
  • Invited Reviewer, Trends in Endocrinology and Metabolism
  • Invited Reviewer, Brain Research
  • Invited Reviewer, Chemical Research in Toxicology
  • Invited Reviewer, Journal of Neural Transmission
Education:
  • Neurology Residency, Saint Louis University, 1972-1976
  • MD, School of Medicine at Saint Louis University, 1972
  • PhD, Biochemistry, School of Medicine at Saint Louis University, 1972
Other:
  • None Found
Quoted in:
  1. Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?
  2. Should Terri Schiavo's Feeding Tube Have Been Removed?