Essay on Euthanasia And Physician Assisted Suicide

1243 Words Oct 25th, 2016 5 Pages
Euthanasia and physician assisted suicide are one in the same when it comes to the controversial. Euthanasia allows a physician and the patient to choose the option to control the patient’s right to live or die. There are arguments supporting the idea that such an act would be in violation of the Hippocratic Oath that all physicians swear on, specifically the theme that they would “do no harm”. Furthermore, arguments can be made regarding the physician’s authority and role as a medical profession being compromised and disregarded as result of overwhelming patient authority. In an interview titled, “Euthanasia Sets Sail,” Philip Nitschke counters arguments made on the basis that legalizing euthanasia or physician assisted suicide and requiring unwilling physicians to carry out this task is a violation of the Hippocratic Oath. He fights back arguments such as this in a valid, simple manner by proposing the amendment of the oath; however, I feel like his proposal is extremely one sided and too simple to effectively solve this dilemma with a fair and moral solution. Perhaps there is a way to allow euthanasia and physician assisted suicide without violating the physician’s personal beliefs or values while also accomplishing the task of amending the Hippocratic Oath and respecting the patent’s right to autonomy. Rather than amending the oath and forcing all doctors to disregard their personal beliefs for the sake of patient autonomy, the creation of a medical specialist field who…

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