The Loss Of Ethical Values

1555 WordsNov 21, 20167 Pages
Dr. Jack Kevorkian: The Loss of Ethical Values in Medical Practice The concepts of physician aid-in dying (PAD) and euthanasia are becoming more widespread in the medical field given the technology and resources available. It is important to differentiate between the two because the first has received a lot of support while the latter is illegal and seen as unethical. PAD refers to when a physician provides a competent, terminally ill patient with a prescription for a lethal dose of medication, upon the patient’s request, which the patient intends to use to end his or her own life.1 In contrast, euthanasia involves the physician giving a lethal injection to a patient to end their life. This idea goes against the core concept of the Hippocratic oath in which physicians have a fiduciary duty to their patients. Yet, if a physician is seen as one who can take away a life with a simple injection, the sanctity of medicine is removed. Dr. Jack Kevorkian distorted his role as a physician by injecting hundreds of his patients and performing euthanasia. He was later recognized as “Dr. Death” because of his actions. He violated the laws of the state and was ultimately charged with murder. More importantly, he disrupted the bioethical principles that all physicians should abide by. Non-maleficence Physicians are highly regarded in society as saviors of the sick and are seen as those who should inflict no harm on their patients. Dr. Kevorkian violated this value by performing

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