As Detailed In The “Historical Timeline: History Of Euthanasia

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As detailed in the “Historical Timeline: History of Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide (PAS)”, the topic of Euthanasia and Physician-assisted Suicide has been around since the 5th century B.C. when ancient Greeks and Romans seemed to support Euthanasia before Christianity. Then, there was a transition in history where the consensus on the matter was that the Church and Common Law prohibited suicide and assisted suicide. The 18th century is where this topic became more prevalent where writers tried to start challenging the Church on their view, and in 1870 a man named Samuel Williams started to campaign for people to use morphine and other drugs for Euthanasia (“Historical Timeline: History of Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted…show more content…
PAS patients are terminally ill and formally ask for a prescription for a fatal dose of medicine that will end their lives when they want. Euthanasia is usually when a physician does something that will deliberately kill their patient with or without consent, and usually with a lethal dose of medicine (“What’s the Difference Between Physician-Assisted Suicide (PAS) and Euthanasia?”). Euthanasia can be looked as a “mercy killing” to a suffering patient but the drawback with this process is that the goal is death (Cahill 107). Upon further examination of Mr. Michaels case if they decide to sedate him until he passes then it will be a form of active euthanasia with the final goal being death. If at the beginning of the case he was in the right state of mind they gave him the means of choosing when to end his life, it would have been physician-assisted suicide. As soon as his seizures became more frequent there is the question of the soundness of his mental state as he even began to question his intellectual deterioration. Was he mentally coherent when he suggested that he wanted to “sleep and not wake up”? The internist did insist that Mr. Michael go see a psychiatrist. The psychiatrist did say that he was not clinically depressed, but it is extremely possible that he went into the appointment knowing he had to act a certain way to get the diagnoses that he is not clinically depressed. There is also the factor that he would not be injecting

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