Author | Mark S. Komrad, MD


Psychiatrists Must Prevent Suicide, Not Provide It

November 19, 2019


The current Tree of Medicine is rooted in its Hippocratic soil. There are moral absolutes that our profession should stand up for, in spite of legislative or popular pressure, say the authors.

PAS Versus Involuntary Commitment: Is There a Moral Dilemma?

October 29, 2019


Physician-assisted suicide violates the norms of Hippocratic medical ethics. Involuntary hospitalization to prevent suicide affirms those norms, according to the authors.

A Second Country Practicing Medical Euthanasia Drops a Bomb

February 12, 2019


A follow-up to a previous article about the ethics of euthanasia and assisted suicide.

Euthanasia Versus Plagiarism: A Strange International Drama

October 10, 2018


In a week of high political stakes here in the United States, a fascinating controversy transpired in Reykjavik-with potential risks for clinicians and their patients.

An Open Letter to Representatives of the World Medical Association

October 03, 2018


More countries are “going neutral” on the issue of medical euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide.

Medical Euthanasia in Canada: Current Issues and Potential Future Expansion

June 29, 2018


In this podcast, Dr Mark Komrad explores the relatively new Medical Aid in Dying (MAID) law in Canada, and how it may be on the verge of opening medical euthanasia to certain qualified psychiatric patients

A Psychiatrist Visits Belgium: The Epicenter of Psychiatric Euthanasia

June 21, 2018


A clinical psychiatrist and medical ethicist reviews some of the history, the data, the emerging reality of a remarkable slippery slope, and some profound ethical concerns raised by these practices.

APA Position on Medical Euthanasia

February 25, 2017


The APA's historic Position Statement provides guidance for psychiatrists in the face of a rapidly changing landscape of social values and expectations of medical services. Details here.

Committed: The Battle Over Involuntary Psychiatric Care

January 23, 2017


Here's a review of a book about involuntary psychiatric commitment-- a major source of controversy when the public tries to understand who psychiatrists are and what we do.

Psychiatric Ethics and Cultural Sensitivity

November 23, 2016


When a psychiatrist evaluates a patient, there is much to be valued in trying to adopt the patient’s internal perspective of cultural mores and world views. But what are the limits to cultural sensitivity?