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Editor's Correspondence |

Sigmund Freud's Final Exit: Guideline for Assisted Suicide

William Steinsmith, MD
Arch Intern Med. 2000;160(1):117. doi:.
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McCue and Cohen1 have presented an authoritative and arresting account of elderly Sigmund Freud's deliberate exit from the agonies of an invasive malignant epithelioma in 1939, as anticipated and planned by Freud and his trusted physician, Max Schur.

Such clinical histories argue cogently for the abandonment of the prevailing American professional taboo against "assisted suicide" and suggest that the provision of such surcease to exceptional patients is very much in the tradition of rational and ethical medicine.

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