Critical Analysis 4

Critical Analysis 4 - Dana Crittenden Critical Analysis Paper#4 BIO312 Euthanasia Patient or Devil's advocate Voluntary active euthanasia is a

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Dana Crittenden Critical Analysis Paper #4 BIO312 March 25, 2007 Euthanasia- Patient or Devil’s advocate? Voluntary active euthanasia is a humane alternative to end a patient’s life. There are different classifications of euthanasia, including active, passive, voluntary, and involuntary euthanasia. This article in particular focuses on active euthanasia. Active euthanasia is defined as the physician deliberately killing the patient. Passive euthanasia can be defined as the removal of life-sustaining treatment, or withholding treatment as requested by the patient. Voluntary euthanasia is the patient electing the death, and involuntary is the patient not electing their death. I believe patients who are terminally ill, or who are in situations where they can not be helped, should be able to elect euthanasia. Dan Brock argues that active euthanasia goes against the central doctrine of medicine, but I disagree. The central doctrine of medicine, as I perceive it, is to keep your patient’s best interest in mind, while still
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This note was uploaded on 04/05/2008 for the course BIO 312 taught by Professor Woien during the Spring '07 term at ASU.

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