Symptoms And Treatment Of Terminally Ill Essay

1451 Words Feb 3rd, 2016 6 Pages
Introduction For some of us, death can be a scary thing. Yet King Solomon once said, “It is better to go into a house of mourning rather than a house of feasting, for death is the destiny of every man and the living should take this to heart” (ESV, Ecc. 7:2). Often times, a hospital can be seen as a house of mourning. People often go there because of an illness, ranging from severe illnesses like cancer to smaller illnesses like a bad cold. Some doctors will even have to take care of patients who will soon pass away. Patients with these illnesses are referred to as terminally ill. Sometimes, due to their terminal illness, these patients may go through extreme suffering, and when you are a doctor, one of your goals is probably to minimize your patient’s suffering. When dealing with a patient with a terminal illness, a doctor and their patient may go through various end of life decisions. These end of life decisions include: Advance directives, Passive Euthanasia, Physician Assisted Suicide, and Active Euthanasia, with the last 2 being the most controversial. So how did this come to be? And what exactly is Euthanasia and PAS?
What is Active Euthanasia and Physician Assisted Suicide? Euthanasia is defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary as “the act or practice of killing someone who is very sick or injured in order to prevent any more suffering.” However, most medical professionals and politicians would differentiate between Passive and Active Euthanasia. In the medical…

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