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Euthanasia And Assisted Suicide

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Euthanasia, the proper term for mercy killing, is the practice of intentionally ending a life, it usually takes place in order to relieve pain and suffering. This definition only pertains to the patients who are aware that they are going to die and have expressed a wish to do so. This practice is also called assisted suicide. Regardless of what the practice is called, it is as old as human history. Hippocrates, the famous Greek physician of the 5th century, B.C., said that a doctor's first obligation is to do no harm. Doctors have taken that oath for centuries, it is still an oath that they take today. The question of whether euthanasia means doing harm has been debated by doctors and laymen alike over the course of centuries. Some governments
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