BRISBANE, Australia, May 28 ( – A study by Australian researchers presented at the American Psychiatric Association’s annual meeting Thursday suggests some doctors have unconscious ill feelings toward their terminal patients. One of the study’s authors Frank Varghere of Brisbane’s Princess Alexandra Hospital warned that “if the permission to assist suicide is there, it may give rise to doctors acting on their unconscious feelings—the public needs to be protected against that.”

Catholic World News reported that the research also revealed that patients are often perceived as wanting to die even though this is not necessarily the case. “Patients tend to be more suicidal on diagnosis and while they’re suffering, than when they become terminal,”  Varghese said.


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