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Patholysis, the Destroyer of Suffering

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Enjoy the dark hilarity of sweet, innocent, slightly stupid Dr. Sanjay Gupta getting more than he bargained for in interviewing the (presumably antinatalist) suicide choicer Jack Kevorkian:

Not surprisingly, [Kevorkian] strongly advocates assisted suicide, or euthanasia, or what he calls “patholysis.” Terms matter to Kevorkian, and this is the term he prefers when describing the “medical procedure” he performed on at least 130 people, by his own count.

“Path means disease or suffering,” he said to me.

“And lysis, [sic] means destruction,” I said.

“Exactly,” he answered. Patholysis, he repeated. The destruction of suffering.

Kevorkian at one point asks Gupta if he wants to know the worst moment of his (Kevorkian’s) life. “The single worst moment of my life… was the moment I was born,” he says.

See also: my argument for an“unwanted life” diagnosis.

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Written by Sister Y

June 14, 2010 at 3:57 pm