Euthanasia in Terminal Illness

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Euthanasia in Terminal Illness Name University Professor Course Date Euthanasia in Terminal Illness Euthanasia is one of the main concerns in the medical practice. It is defined as the ‘act of killing a severely ill person as an act of mercy’ which has 2 forms on the basis actions undertaken namely the negative and positive euthanasia.


(Andersen and Taylor, 2007, p.552). The objective of the paper is to explore the historical and philosophical roots related to euthanasia. Included in the topics to be covered are the different approaches that present the reasons for undertaking or employing euthanasia. Historical Roots of Euthanasia The history of euthanasia can be traced back to the reign of the Greeks and Romans when the term originated. Though it is meant to imply a good death, euthanasia is often deemed with negativity since it can be translated as physician-assisted suicide and compared to other ethical and moral social issues such as abortion, capital punishment, and issues related to beginning or ending of human life (McDougall, Gorman and Roberts, 2008, p.2). During the first to firth century, Greeks and Romans are allowed to access poison and choose death. The rise of the influence of Christianity during the Roman Empire had a great impact on the view on euthanasia. Death regardless of what reason was prohibited. During the middle ages, 5th to 15th century, the Catholic Church stressed the religious condemnation of euthanasia and that suffering is a sign of spiritual virtues of martyrdom. ...
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