Euthanasia, Letting Die and the Pause
Journal of Medical Ethics. 1988 Jun; 14(2): 61-68.
There is a marked disparity between medical intuitions and philosophical argument about euthanasia. In this paper, I argue that the following objections can be raised. First, medical intuitions are against it and this is an area in which judgement and sensitivity are required in that death is a unique and complex process and the patient has many needs including the need to know that others have not discounted his or her worth. Also, part of the moral constitution of a good doctor is a devotion to the protection and preservation of life whatever reasons are produced to dissuade her. Finally, we do not know what the final events of a person's life might hold.
Active Euthanasia; Allowing to Die; Attitudes; Conscience; Death; Decision Making; Education; Ethical Analysis; Ethical Theory; Ethics; Euthanasia; Life; Medical Education; Medical Ethics; Moral Development; Moral Policy; Physicians; Psychology; Quality of Life; Right to Die; Suffering; Terminal Care; Treatment Refusal; Value of Life; Values; Virtues; Voluntary Euthanasia;