Applied PAS - for years after diagnosis (President Reagan...

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Applied PAS: p The argument is that once you begin to allow PAS, it would give greater grounds for PAS when there isn’t absolute need for it. Allow PAS for someone whose life dwindles the family’s monetary savings, someone who uses up the hospital’s power, etc. h It’s far more costly to keep someone alive then to have them participate in PAS. o “Expanded definitions of terminal illness” h Take Alzheimer’s for example; most would consider it a terminal illness, though some won’t die
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Unformatted text preview: for years after diagnosis (President Reagan lived 15 years after finding that he had Alzheimers). h I guess you could say were all born terminally ill. h Doerflingers point is that since we cant really say what exactly counts as a terminal illness, we shouldnt open up the definition. He doesnt want doctors to lose their identity as keepers of life (replaced by bringers of death)....
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This note was uploaded on 09/30/2011 for the course PHILOSOPHY PHI2600 taught by Professor Siegmann during the Spring '11 term at FIU.

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