Assisted suicide in the care of mentally ill patients: The Lucio Magri's case

Paola Frati, Matteo Gulino, Paola Mancarella, Rossana Cecchi, Stefano Ferracuti

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)26-30
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Forensic and Legal Medicine
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Assisted suicide
  • End-of-life decisions
  • Mental illness
  • Neurological disorders
  • Right to die
  • Suicide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Law


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