Psychiatry: To Live or Die In New York

To Live or Die In New York

Afflicted by depression, heart disease and an incurable tissue disorder, Fern Isaacson, 31, tried to kill herself four times. She failed -- no thanks, she says, to her doctor. Isaacson has filed a $14 million malpractice suit in New York City charging that Dr. Elizabeth Jenks repeatedly helped her to attempt suicide. Jenks' lawyer, Anthony Sola, retorts that Jenks "walked ((Isaacson)) through pretend suicides to reinforce the patient's conviction that she did not want to die."

According to the suit, Jenks told her patient, who had undergone more than 50 operations, "You cannot be at the mercy of your body any...

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