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Some patients who attempt suicide refuse treatment. These patients are invariably treated if brought to hospital. There are several reasons for this. These reasons justify the treatment of many of these patients, but not all. Some patients who attempt suicide ought to be allowed to die. My argument for this claim turns on judging some patients who attempt suicide to be sufficiently competent and rational be allowed to die.


Journal article


Monash Bioeth Rev

Publication Date





33 - 40


Death and Euthanasia, Medical Treatment Act 1988 (Victoria), Euthanasia, Passive, Humans, Legislation, Medical, Liability, Legal, Life Support Care, Mental Competency, Personal Autonomy, Quality of Life, Right to Die, Suicide, Attempted, Treatment Refusal, Victoria