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Flashback Dr. Death
May 6, 2010
Back in the early '90s the Jack Kevorkian story commanded headlines. He was helping desperate people -- 27 in all -- to end their lives. He even devised a machine to assist them, called The Thanatron.
HBO's Al Pacino film on Kevorkian a few weeks ago jogged our memories about those years. Some saw Kevorkian's 27 cases as an indictment of our medical system: where were the doctors? Was suicide the only answer for these patients?
So here's a clip from our 1994 report, The Kevorkian File, which suggests some of the public drama and ferocious legal battle that went on for years over Dr. Kevorkian's right to assist in suicides.