Positive Killing and the Irreversibly Unconscious Patient
Bioethics Quarterly. 1981 Fall/Winter; 3(3/4): 190-205.
Ethical arguments against active, involuntary euthanasia are examined and held to be unconvincing in the case of patients, who though irreversibly comatose, possess spontaneous cardiopulmonary function. It is further contended that positive killing may be the morally superior course of action for physicians in a restricted range of cases. (KIE abstract)
Active Euthanasia; Autonomy; Brain; Brain Death; Death; Decision Making; Determination of Death; Ethical Analysis; Euthanasia; Family Members; Human Rights; Involuntary Euthanasia; Killing; Legal Aspects; Moral Obligations; Patients; Persistent Vegetative State; Personhood; Physicians; Rights; Self Concept; Suffering; Wedge Argument;
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