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Medical Ethics Is Pain Relief Essay

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The quote” It is easier to find men who will volunteer to die, than to find those who are willing to endure pain with patience”,was noted to be spoken by Julius Caesar.“ Disease can destroy the body, but pain can destroy the soul”, Professor of theology Edwin Lisson of St. Louis University, once said. Included in the Hippocratic Oath, the Declaration of Geneva, and the American Medical Association’s articulations of the responsibilities of a physician, include the phrases “free from harm”, “health of the patient first consideration” and “obligation to relieve pain and suffering”.
The American Nurses Association also includes the phrase “the alleviation of suffering”It is evident in all of these statements that a high priority in medical ethics is pain relief. (Brennan)
The founding fathers of medical ethics, John Gregory (1725-1773), Thomas Percival, (1740-1804) and Benjamin Rush (1745-1813), documented important aspects of medical ethics. Gregory is noted in his writing as saying, “ the office of the physician is to not only restore health, but to mitigate pain and dolours”. Dolours is an English word meaning mental suffering or anguish. (Haakonssen) As a humane society, we want to maintain dignity without suffering. Pain management is a fundamental human right. The effects of long term pain can severely impact a patient 's life impairing economic, social, psychological and physiological well being. The word patient comes from the latin word patiens, meaning “one who
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