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This essay will explore and discuss the issue of biomedical ethics. It will discuss whether physicians are entitled to make a decision to sustain a patient’s life when the patient is in grave danger.
It will focus on a case study where a pancreatic cancer patient by the name John. H had requested that doctors should not carry out resuscitation, and that they should not continue treating him. However, when the patient becomes critically ill with internal bleeding, he requests the doctors to step in and do something to save his life. This essay will discuss the Hippocratic Oath and the intrinsic values imposed on doctors in dealing with such situations. It will explore the aspect of euthanasia and its interrelation with the Hippocratic Oath where the doctors have to make a decision whether to save their lives or to let the patients die willingly. It will also explore the issue of legal consent obliged to the patients. The essay argues that doctors have a moral duty to save patients lives according to the Hippocratic Oath. Patients suffering from terminal illnesses sometimes give up and prefer death to pain. John’s case is an example of a patient who has given up and wants death through euthanasia. Hopelessness is one of the factors that associates with euthanasia and is a contributor of early death. It is characterized by the patient’s loss of fighting spirit due to factors such as poor prognosis, pain, undesirable effects of treatment and rapid deterioration of health and advancement of illness. ...
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