Congressional Digest

Congressional Digest November 1998 No. 11 Vol. 77
Physicians for Compassionate Care (PCC)

Physician-Assisted Suicide

Balancing Medical Ethics and Individual Rights

Physicians for Compassionate Care (PCC)

N. Gregory Hamilton, M.D., President

Physicians for Compassionate Care, founded by a group of Oregon doctors, has a membership of more than 1,000 physicians and other health professionals. It is dedicated to preserving the traditional relation of the physician and patient as one in which the physician’s primary task is to heal the patient and minimize pain. The association encourages medical research into the newest techniques to lessen pain and depression among the dying, and works to educate the public on the dangers of euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide. Dr. Hamilton trained in psychiatry at the Menninger Foundation, where he also joined the faculty. Subsequently, he…

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