The Tony Nicklinson case is a good example of an ethical scenario. You will be given an ethical scenario in most medical school interviews. You may be asked the following question:
‘Tony Nicklinson, a severely disabled man with ‘locked in syndrome’ and wishes to die. He is requesting the help of doctors so he can avoid suffering as the only way he could kill himself would be to refuse food and drink and that he says would be a slow and unpleasant way to die. Although he had severe brain damage he fully understands his situation and is eloquent and articulate. How should a doctor respond to his request?’
Answer next week!