Date of Defense




First Advisor

Dr. Shirley Bach

Second Advisor

Dr. John Hartline

Third Advisor

Dr. Joe Ellin


Developments in medical technology in recent years have made the "right to die" or "death with dignity" an important topical issue of the 1980s, both for medical personnel and lay people. Topics receiving widespread attention are: a. The right to forego life-sustaining treatment, including artificially supplied nutrition and hydration. b. Euthanasia. This paper is written by a lay person in an effort to better understand the issues by exploring the historical perspective and some of the recent cases that are causing people to reflect on the variety of issues involved in medical treatment decisions near the end of life, including euthanasia.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Campus Only