Pro Euthanasia Essay

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The word "euthanasia" was first used in a medical context by Francis Bacon in the 17th century, referring to an easy, painless, happy death, during a time in which it was a "physician's responsibility to alleviate the 'physical sufferings' of the body." Euthanasia is defined as allowing or assisting a patient/person to end their life in the least painful manner, it is also known as assisted suicide and relatively means the same thing. There are three different forms of euthanasia, Passive euthanasia, which allowing the patient to die a natural death by intentionally disconnecting life support systems, (i.e. respiratory equipment, or discontinuing life sustaining medical procedures,), Active euthanasia is intentionally ending
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Suicide is often an option considered by those with a terminal illness who are severely depressed. Hearing their condition is fatal can trigger old depressive conditions and even generate new ones.For these patients suicide can seem the only way out, however new studies show treatment for the depression can prove invaluable and even improve the mental and emotional health of a person with a terminal illness. Otherwise known as 'unacceptable suffering', this involves pain and suffering that is persistent, unbearable and hopeless.In a study of end of life issues regarding terminal patients most stated receiving adequate pain and symptom management was a major concern. They claimed that an undermining of care in this area could lead to thoughts of suicide. (10) However these definitions, when used in a legal framework, present problems of definition as they are subjective. This terminology can also refer to non-medical conditions which if used as a standard for medical practice can lead to a danger of fallibility.Patients with terminal illnesses are reluctant to be seen as a 'burden' on their loved ones. With today's rising health costs and the busy lifestyles, many lead just to stay afloat financially, those people with a terminal illness can feel they will be draining their family's resources. This can lead to feelings of guilt for staying alive until their condition works itself through to its ultimate conclusion..Burden on
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