Saturday, October 24, 2009

Is doctor assisted suicide ethical?

No,Read the oath the doctors swear to.

Hippocratic Oath I swear by Apollo Physician and Asclepius and Hygieia and Panaceia and all the gods and goddesses, making them my witnesses, that I will fulfil according to my ability and judgment this oath and this covenant:To hold him who has taught me this art as equal to my parents and to live my life in partnership with him, and if he is in need of money to give him a share of mine, and to regard his offspring as equal to my brothers in male lineage and to teach them this art - if they desire to learn it - without fee and covenant; to give a share of precepts and oral instruction and all the other learning to my sons and to the sons of him who has instructed me and to pupils who have signed the covenant and have taken an oath according to the medical law, but no one else.I will apply dietetic measures for the benefit of the sick according to my ability and judgment; I will keep them from harm and injustice. I will neither give a deadly drug to anybody who asked for it, nor will I make a suggestion to this effect. Similarly I will not give to a woman an abortive remedy. In purity and holiness I will guard my life and my art.I will not use the knife, not even on sufferers from stone, but will withdraw in favor of such men as are engaged in this work.Whatever houses I may visit, I will come for the benefit of the sick, remaining free of all intentional injustice, of all mischief and in particular of sexual relations with both female and male persons, be they free or slaves.What I may see or hear in the course of the treatment or even outside of the treatment in regard to the life of men, which on no account one must spread abroad, I will keep to myself, holding such things shameful to be spoken about.If I fulfil this oath and do not violate it, may it be granted to me to enjoy life and art, being honored with fame among all men for all time to come; if I transgress it and swear falsely, may the opposite of all this be my lot.
Translation from the Greek by Ludwig Edelstein. From The Hippocratic Oath: Text, Translation, and Interpretation, by Ludwig Edelstein. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press, 1943.
if the patient is in the right mind fram sure.
Sometimes a persons final days, months, and years can be torturous. But being a good person is not just about how you face life, but also about how you face death. I personally have not been faced with a drawn out death for myself or anyone close to me, so I'm not qualified to comment.
No, Doctors are supposed to save lives if possible, not take them.
This is a very touchy subject. It can be argued in either viewpoint. My personal view is that is not ethical for the doctors nor the patient. Doctors take an oath to what is best for well-being of their patients. If a patient is in serious pain he or she may want to commit suicide, but this still is not the answer God wants for them. Suicide is not the answer why should this be any different? I must say that no, it is not ethical.
Is physician-assisted suicide ethical?
The ethics of PAS continue to be debated. Some argue that PAS is ethical. Often this is argued on the grounds that PAS may be a rational choice for a person who is choosing to die to escape unbearable suffering. Furthermore, the physician's duty to alleviate suffering may, at times, justify the act of providing assistance with suicide. These arguments rely a great deal on the notion of individual autonomy, recognizing the right of competent people to chose for themselves the course of their life, including how it will end.Others have argued that PAS is unethical. Often these opponents argue that PAS runs directly counter to the traditional duty of the physician to preserve life. Furthermore, many argue if PAS were legal, abuses would take place. For instance, the poor or elderly might be covertly pressured to chose PAS over more complex and expensive palliative care options.Is physician-assisted suicide the same as euthanasia?
No. Physician-assisted suicide refers to the physician providing the means for death, most often with a prescription. The patient, not the physician, will ultimately administer the lethal medication. Euthanasia generally means that the physician would act directly, for instance by giving a lethal injection, to end the patient's life.
This is between the patient, some times the patient鈥檚 family, and the doctor. Remember, the patient owns their life. Anyone else placing restraints on what the patient can do, is inflicting a type of slavery.
I believe in Euthanacy (I think that's how it's called).I think it's selfish for people to keep other people alive even when they are terminal patients under pain, degrading practices and deteriorating family economy.Religious folks will say that God is against it. well. I guess we all should choose to believe what we want. But how I see it is that a human being is senselessly suffering and putting others to suffer.Now. I believe that only the patient can take that decision, and only if he's officially terminal. Unless he's braindead - then it should be up to the family to decide.
Its Euthanasia.. and its never going to have a correct answer. PAS has to be dealt with in a case-by-case manner and there can never be a global judgement, because the situations leading up to the consideration for PAS is something no human can judge unless in the situation.
In countries where absurd laws such as those that permit same-sex marriage are promulgated I find it difficult to understand why this question should create a bone of contention. Will you be surprised if tomorrow you wake up and hear that such an action has been legalised? I do not think it is ethical but with the current trend of events I do not see why this question should be asked!
YES, The doctor is committed to the well being of a person, to releive the pain %26 suffering by treating %26 curing him, If the patient is suffering from a disease which don't have any cure and is in great pain, then to releive his suffering %26 pain, the doctor can give him the lethal injection. In my view the doctor by assisting the patient to die is doing his duty.
i would say a medical student, the very first thing u do is to take the oath and it states quite clearly'I will neither give a deadly drug to anybody who asked for it, nor will I make a suggestion to this effect. Similarly I will not give to a woman an abortive remedy. In purity and holiness I will guard my life and my art.'
Umm..sparkovac, and the med student above me.that's the classical version, and if you notice if ANY doctor took that oath (and if it had any legal standing) surgery would be illegal--read the whole thing. No doctor takes THAT version.This very question is being debated over and over. I don't know the answer to that question. But I know that my last tattoo will be one that says DNR/DNI (do not resuscitate/do not intubate) in large letters on my chest, and I hope one of my colleagues will be kind enough to put me out of my misery if I'm suffering. Watching someone die slowly, and painfully while grieving relatives are prolonging the patients suffering because they aren't ready to part with them is difficult to watch. I think anyone who has held the hand of someone in excrutiating pain, dying of metastatic cancer, begging for death might not know if it's ethical, but knows that would be the kind and human thing to do. It takes a toll on physicians who have to see these people suffer and not be able to intervene.

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