Technology And Medicine : Life, Liberty, And The Pursuit Of Happiness

1747 Words Nov 30th, 2016 7 Pages
America is a country founded on life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. A country where people have the right to live a life in which someone is free to make one 's own decisions to bring about things that make them happy. However, when it comes to decision making during end of life, medical professionals concentrate on repair of the body, not sustenance of the soul. Medical professionals choose to prolong life rather than let life’s natural courses run. America may be a country founded on those three unalienable rights, but it is a country whose health care system is impeding quality of life at end of life. America is allowing its own society to be controlled by medicine and technology, alternative home care, and strangers, therefore destroying the foundation in which America is based on. First off, the innovations in medical technology and medicine have provided healthcare professionals with an extraordinary ability to prevent diseases, to support life and to increase life expectancy. Technology and medicine has not only helped individuals to overcome death but also has been effective in prolonging a patient 's life. Medical technologies and medicines such as pacemakers, tube feeding, dialysis, chemotherapy, artificial ventilation, insulin and much more have become extremely successful. Yet, this raises serious ethical questions concerning the quality of life of these patients and pushes forward the need to reevaluate the definitions of life and death. These…

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