‘Dr. Death’ proposes implant that would kill user if not turned off — Analysis

The doctor who developed bizarre ‘suicide pods’ has grabbed the public’s attention once more, this time with a body implant for people who might develop dementia that would administer lethal poison if they forgot to turn it off.

Australian assisted suicide advocate, Dr. Philip Nitschke proposed an implant in the body that includes a button for people to press. “regularly,”It could happen every day to stop poisoning from entering their bloodstreams. The exact type of poison that would be released from the implant is unknown. 

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Nitschke, dubbed ‘Dr. Death’ by the media, previously found himself embroiled in controversy after introducing ‘suicide pods’ that kill the user by filling the small space with nitrogen. 

The creator of the pods revealed this month that they could be available in Switzerland as early as next year. It is legal to practice assisted suicide in this country. 

The concern about the body implants, besides larger debates about the legality and morality of assisted suicide, is the fact that users could simply forget to press their button, even if they don’t have dementia. 

According to The Independent’s doctor, this technology puts “the responsibility right back onto the person and allows them to get what they want, which is that they do not want to live on as some form of vegetable, with no one prepared to end their lives.”

According to the doctor, such technology is possible. “significant legal barriers,”But he claims it is. “important development”It could be used to protect doctors against being confronted by a request for assisted suicide from someone with dementia early warning signs. 

Nitschke stated that implants can beep for up to a day before they release any poison. This is in order to combat forgetfulness. 

“When you’ve forgotten why you’re switching something off that’s beeping, then you will die,”He said.

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