Euthanasi The Act Of A Physician Essay

1954 Words Nov 23rd, 2016 8 Pages
Introduction
Euthanasia is formally known as the act of a physician or health care personnel actively choosing to end the life of someone after the patient has requested the end of their life. Euthanasia is a practice which throughout the years has been on the rise in countries where the practice is legal, including but not limited to Belgium and the Netherlands. From the article, Attitudes and Practices of Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide in the United States, Canada and Europe, it is discussed how euthanasia can be broken up into different definitions depending on how coherent the patient is. Active Euthanasia, which is the term for general euthanasia, is when a physician intentionally ends a patient’s life via medical means upon request by the patient. Involuntary euthanasia on the other hand is when a patient’s life is ended however the patient is mentally competent and did not request their own death. And lastly, nonvoluntary euthanasia is the act of a physician ending the life of a patient who is not mentally competent and could not request their own death (Emanuel et al, 2016).
Euthanasia if often associated and even confused with the practice of physician-assisted suicide, however these two practices are completely different. Physician-assisted suicide is the act of a physician writing a prescription for a terminally ill patient who after an extensive waiting period may have the medication and means of killing themselves at home. The main difference between…

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