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November 14, 1999|Barry Siegel

The accounts in this story are drawn from extended interviews, over a span of eight months, with all those involved. They include the pseudonymous Mark Kobayashi, Joan Kobayashi, John Kobayashi, Anne Kobayashi, Dr. Robert Lapin and Dr. David Tarcher.

They also include Margaret Ann Stochosky, Teresa Grove, Amy Ayers, George Eighmey and Lindy Blaesing.

The passages that summarize the genesis, evolution and disputed elements of the Death With Dignity Act derive from the Oregon Health Division's Death With Dignity Act Annual Report; the Task Force to Improve the Care of Terminally Ill Oregonians' Guidebook for Healthcare Providers; medical and law journal articles; local Oregon and nationwide news reports; and interviews with dozens of those involved in drafting, promoting, opposing, reviewing and implementing the new law. They include Al Sinnard, Eli Stutsman, Dr. Peter Goodwin, Barbara Coombs Lee, Hannah Davidson, Dr. Nancy Crumpacker, Dr. Peter Rasmussen, Ann Jackson, Dr. Leigh Dolin, Dr. Katrina Hedberg, Dr. Patrick Dunn, Dr. Susan Tolle, Dr. Gregory Hamilton, Dr. Herbert Hendin, Margot White, Robert Castagna, Pat McCormick, Gayle Atteberry, Martha Lovell, Paul Burgett, Patricia Matheny and Joe Hayes.

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