Dying with Dignity (Euthanasia) Essay

2472 Words Dec 4th, 2012 10 Pages
By Valbona H.Bajrami

Table of contents

Introduction..................................................................................................................................3
History of euthanasia……............................................................................................................4 Medicine...................................................................................................................................5 Ethics........................................................................................................................................6
Religion
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For the first time in the 17th century in Prussia, the person who killed the patient with an incurable disease was punished as a guilty man. Euthanasia was both criticized and defended in the 20th century. In beginning of the 20th century, the trends of legalization of euthanasia began in the United States, but the government didn't accept these proposals, even though 53% of American physicians defended euthanasia. (Erdemir, 2001)
In1935 the euthanasia Society of England was formed to promote euthanasia, then in 1939, the first legalization of euthanasia was in Nazi Germany. The Nazi doctors took the lives of thousands of their fellow citizens on orders from the government. In 1996, in Australia the euthanasia went into effect, but it was overturned by the Parliament in 1997. The places where euthanasia is legal are; Oregon, Washington, Switzerland, Netherlands and Belgium.
Medicine
Euthanasia, sometimes known as "mercy-killing," is the intentional ending of a patient's life by a physician, usually by lethal injection. One of the most known physicians who practiced euthanasia was Jack Kevorkian. He was a pathologist, and commonly known as "Dr. Death." From June 1990 through January 1996, 27 people died using one of Kevorkian’s machines, and in total he said that he assisted at least 130 patients to end their lives. In 1999,

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