One-Way Ticket

Klaus Eckstein hopes that he will never have to go to Zurich. Four years ago the 70-year-old retired schoolteacher, who lives in Cambridge, England, was diagnosed with bladder cancer. The disease was successfully treated with chemotherapy and surgery, "but if it returns and can no longer be cured, I am determined to go to Switzerland," Eckstein says. "I don't want to suffer needlessly."

Eckstein would not be traveling to Zurich to see its famous Bahnhofstrasse. He would be part of a small but growing number of non-Swiss known grimly as "death tourists," terminally ill people who come to...

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