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The American Medical Association has long opposed assisted suicide. Is that about to change?

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Brittany Maynard brought attention to assisted suicide

During his three decades as an emergency-room doctor, Bob Uslander had never written a prescription for a lethal dose of medication. But then he shifted to geriatric and palliative care, and in 2016, a patient suffering from the neurodegenerative disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) wanted to use California's new physician-assisted death law.

Uslander was apprehensive. Until then, he had always viewed death as a failure.

“I didn't really know what it would be like to be with somebody who had made the choice and was taking this medication,” he recalled recently. “I didn't know if they would just gently fall asleep or if they would be gasping or struggling.”

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