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THE PRINCIPLE OF DOUBLE EFFECT1The Principle of Double EffectWithdrawing and withholding treatment can tremendously affect the type of carea patient receives.This paper will discuss the difference between Glannon, Doerflingerand Gomez as it relates to the doctrine of double effect, as well as the position I find to bemore persuasive.Glannon (2005) states that the death may sometimes be beneficial to a patient (p.128).I do not agree with this viewpoint.If a patient is being hospitalized for a disease ormedical problem, then they are actively choosing to receive treatment for it by a medicalfacility.Glannon (2005) also mentions “…there is no morally significant differencebetween giving a drug for pain relief that indirectly causes death, and giving a drug thatdirectly causes death” (p. 128).I believe there is a clear morally significant differencebetween the two.Giving a drug for pain relief that causes death may be a rare side effect,interact with other medications the patient is on, or contribute to their disease or currenthealth status.

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