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Suicide is a rational choice I believe that generally speaking the person who commits suicide intends to die whereas the one who threatens suicide or makes an unsuccessful attempt at it intends to improve his life not terminate it Szasz 153 Thomas Szasz believed that physicians should not interfere with the choices we make involving suicide He believed that if we had the right to live our life we had the right to take it It is our ultimate fatal freedom Szasz He considers the fact that counseling and other forms of help given are highly desirable and acceptable however he believes that physicians are never satisfied with such minimal treatment Szasz approaches the point that if a patient with suicidal intentions seeks a physicians help the physician will diagnose and begin treatment of the illness However the patient is not ill and he has no demonstrable bodily disorder Szasz 155 Forcible intervention is not the solution to the so called illness He believes that the physician treats the illness as a threat because of their own moral way of thinking Power also comes into play when the physician wants to forcibly place the patient into therapy whereas the patient wants to gain control over his own life and death Szasz 157 The last point he makes is the fact that taking away the right to kill oneself it takes away the right to life liberty and property For if suicide is an illness because it terminates in death and if the prevention of death by any means necessary is the physicians therapeutic mandate then the proper remedy for suicide is indeed liberticide Szasz 161 Jonathan Glover had a different opinion He believed that intervention is justified Glover 172 He believed that suicide is only sometimes allowable and that people sometimes contemplate suicide without exploring the possibility of less radical steps to deal with their problems Glover 170 His point of view was that right
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