A year after Mario Monicelli's suicide, the death of another famous person in Italy, Lucio Magri, reawakened the Italian debate on social, ethical and juridical issues in end-of-life decisions. Unlike Monicelli, Lucio Magri decided to end his own life in Switzerland with the help of a physician because his mental illness rendered his life unbearable. Both Monicelli and Magri suffered from a severe depression. The authors analyze the ethical issues regarding the right to die for mentally ill patients and neurological disabled patients, discussing the decision-making autonomy in persons suffering from severe depression. The role of the psychiatry in the management of end-of-life decision requests is considered along with pros and cons of suicide prevention and rationale suicide. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd and Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine. All rights reserved.
Assisted suicide in the care of mentally ill patients: The Lucio Magri's case / Paola, Frati; Matteo, Gulino; Paola, Mancarella; Cecchi, Rossana; Stefano, Ferracuti. - In: JOURNAL OF FORENSIC AND LEGAL MEDICINE. - ISSN 1752-928X. - 21:(2014), pp. 26-30. [10.1016/j.jflm.2013.10.017]