Physician Assisted Suicide And Euthanasia Essay

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Physician Assisted Suicide
RETURNING DIGNITY TO THE TERMINAL CASES

Melissa Kubic
ENC 1102-69320 COLLEGE COMPOSITION II
Fatin Morris Guirguis Ph.D. November 21, 2016
Ezekiel Emanuel once said, “Physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia have been profound ethical issues confronting doctors since the birth of Western medicine, more than 2,000 years ago.” Physician assisted suicide (PAS) should be available as a dignified option for the terminally ill because it can be built in to the palliative care plan formulated by patient and Doctor, may alleviate some medical costs for the incurable, and it’s a moderated and humane way to end a person’s suffering.
Physician Assisted suicide (PAS) is also known as Assisted death and assisted euthanasia. Webster dictionary defines PAS as: suicide by a patient facilitated by means (as a drug prescription) or by information (as an indication of a lethal dosage) provided by a physician aware of the patient 's intent. The first documented occurrence of the right to die concept appeared in papers handed out by the American Hospital Association in 1973. These papers, called the patient bill of rights, included informed consent forms and allowed a patient to refuse treatment. Refusal of needed treatment results in complications up to and including death. In 1974 the city of New Haven, Ct opened the doors of the first Hospice. This made way for the concept of palliative care. Many palliative care facilities utilized the
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