Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide
In euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide, the bioethical heart of the matter is the
moral rightness of killing or letting die for the good of the patient
o Other issues include
Chapter 11 Notes
THE ALLOCATION OF EXOTIC MEDICAL LIFESAVING THERAPY
- The enormously sophisticated and complex equipment and the highly trained teams of
experts requisite for its utilization are scarce resou
Sep. 17, 2015. Lecture 5:
Truth-Telling Continued Paternalism and truth
Autonomy: - Relies on truth
How much truth?
Paternalism: Effects of disclosure
- Breaching confidentiality
- Informed decision
- Content vs. delivery
9) In clinical trials involving humans, what are the two kinds of control groups and what
are their respective research goals?
-placebo control group
Group that is given a fake form of the drug with no medicinal properties, to see if
the drug actually pr
Euthanasia & Physician-Assisted suicide
Rightness of E/PAS
- Respect autonomy?
- Respect beneficence?
Morality vs legality
Permissibility w/out legalization
- Legalization w/out permissibility
Need for moral reasoning
Terry Schiavo (1990):
Practice Questions for the Final:
Definitions: Part 1
1) Active vs Passive Euthanasia Euthanasia is ending someones life out of mercy to end their suffering. This can
occur in a number of ways: Active and Passive
The top 10 things to remember about Harris and the QALY principle:
1) Assumption life units = upmost value. Health treatments that maximize QALY and patients that
stand to benefit the most from a treatment (in terms of QALY) should be prioritized
Health case resources
- Equal share?
- Best available?
- Decent minimum?
- Fair treatment of equals
- Who receives?
- Who provides? job of private companies, sectors or government
- Who pays? given that rig
Biomedical Ethics Notes for Final Case Studies
Case Study 1
Why Abortion is Immorral
Abortion is wrong
Murder is wrong because it robs
them of a future and loss of all
possible experiences, activities,
projects and enjoyments.
Mapping the human genome
Identify, predict genetic diseases
Alter genes to devise cures
Duty to warn (diseases in parents might be passed on to the children)
Playing god (alter genetic makeup by offspring, we should in
distant from where there are from clones
cloning: are technically clones
Why cloning is morally wrong.
1) Defects -> a new technology, high risk of IVF or like reproductive technology
2) Loss of unique identity -> right to un
Assisted reproductive technology (ART): The revered, time-tested order of procreation and
parenthood has changed thanks to this innovation
o Doctors can fertilize a womans egg in a laboratory dish to