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suicide machine 

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Suicide machine and Dr Jack Kevorkian, its inventor, beaming like a proud dad


A popular term for a euthanasia device invented by Dr Jack Kevorkian (1928-2011, aka Dr Death), which allows individuals to control their own painless suicide.

The device consists of 3 hanging bottles–saline, thiopental, potassium chloride–KCl, connected to an IV line and a switch on a timer. Once the IV is placed, the suicidee pushes a button that switches the flow to the thiopental sedative; an automatic timer containing KCl is later activated; death occurs within minutes. 

Synonym Dr Kevorkian’s machine 

Reference NEJM 1993; 328:1573 

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