Healing and Killing, Harming and Not Harming: Physician Participation in Euthanasia and Capital Punishment
Loewy, Erich H.
Journal of Clinical Ethics. 1992 Spring; 3(1): 29-34.
...I have argued that communities that kill for other reasons and those that have legalized suicide find themselves in an illogical position when they deny necessary help to hopelessly ill and suffering would-be suicides who are incapable of carrying out their will. That, however, does not address the question of the probity (or wisdom) of physicians actively helping their patients to die or of allowing physicians to act in this manner. It might be the case that something deeply embedded in the medical ethos precludes physicians from acting in such a way; or it may be that society does not wish to give such power to its physicians. I have suggested that the way we look at "harm" is the crux of the matter....
Active Euthanasia; Allowing to Die; Assisted Suicide; Capital Punishment; Conscience; Ethics; Euthanasia; Harm; Killing; Life; Medical Ethics; Moral Obligations; Morality; Motivation; Patients; Physician Patient Relationship; Physicians; Policy Analysis; Prolongation of Life; Public Policy; Punishment; Power; Suffering; Suicide; Terminally Ill; Terminology; Values; Wedge Argument;
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