Various classifications of euthanasia exist, as it differs drastically based on the individual patient (“Euthanasia.” Issues). Active euthanasia occurs when someone, such as a doctor, performs an action to end a life; passive euthanasia transpires through the omission of a life-preserving action (Encyclopedia). Indirect euthanasia, such as physician-assisted suicide, happens when the patient takes the step that induces death, and often emerges from an act such as a clinician prescribing a lethal dose of a drug. Direct euthanasia, when a physician causes the death, separates into three categories: voluntary defined as with a patient’s consent, nonvoluntary categorized as euthanasia without the consent or knowledge of a patient deemed incapable of making the decision as a result of a mental illness or coma, and involuntary demarcated as...
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