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10/05/09 1 Decisions at the  End of Life
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10/05/09 2 Introduction Increasingly, Americans die in medical facilities 85% of Americans die in some kind of health-care facility (hospitals, nursing homes, hospices, etc.); Of this group, 70% (which is equivalent to almost 60% of the population as a whole) choose to withhold some kind of life-sustaining treatment
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10/05/09 3 What are we striving for? Euthanasia means “a good death,” “dying well.” What is a good death? Peaceful Painless Lucid With loved ones gathered around
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10/05/09 4 Some Initial Distinctions Active vs. Passive Euthanasia Voluntary, Non-voluntary, and Involuntary Euthanasia Assisted vs. Unassisted Euthanasia
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10/05/09 5 Active vs. Passive  Euthanasia Active euthanasia occurs in those instances in which someone takes active means, such as a lethal injection, to bring about someone’s death; Passive euthanasia occurs in those instances in which someone simply refuses to intervene in order to prevent someone’s death.
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This note was uploaded on 02/19/2009 for the course COMM 2010 taught by Professor Berggren,k. during the Spring '07 term at Cornell.

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