A Right Or A Wrong

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A Right or A Wrong
Matthew Donnelly loved life. But Matthew wanted to die. For thirty years, he had conducted research on the use of x-rays. Now, skin cancer riddled his tortured body. He had lost his nose, his left hand, two fingers on his right hand, and part of his jaw. He was left blind and was slowly deteriorating. The pain was unrelenting. Doctors estimated that he had a year to live. Lying in bed with excruciating pain, he pleaded to be put out of his misery, he wanted to die now. His pleas went unanswered. Then, one day, Mathews brother Harold, unable to ignore Matthews repeated cry, removed a .30 caliber pistol from his dresser, walked to the hospital, and shot and killed his brother. Harold was tried for murder. As someone going into the medical field and after several hours of research, this issue has left me wondering whether physician assisted suicide is ethical or not. I plan to discuss the concerns and the values that underlie in this issue.
Rapid and dramatic developments in medicine and technology have given us the power to save more lives than ever possible in the past. Medicine has put at our disposal the means to cure or to reduce the suffering of people afflicted with diseases that were once fatal or painful. At the same time, however, medical technology has given us the power to sustain the lives (or some would say, prolong the deaths) of patients whose physical and mental capabilities cannot be restored, whose degenerating conditions cannot be…

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