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According to the Oxford dictionary, euthanasia is defined as the painless killing of a patient suffering from an incurable and painful disease or an irreversible coma. Those in favor argue that this is done motivated by kindness and a desire to end suffering. Those against Euthanasia understand why those in favor of Euthanasia say it is ok to practice it, but one must understand that Euthanasia is contrary to the Hippocratic Oath. According to the Hippocratic Oath doctors should never, “give a deadly drug to anybody who asked for it, nor will I make a suggestion to this effect. Similarly I will not give to a woman an abortive remedy. In purity and holiness I will guard my life and my art” (par. 4). This oath is taken by all doctors after graduating and before they start practicing medicine. No matter what religious, ethnic or ideological position people take, it is undeniable that doctors carry a huge responsibility when dealing with patients’ health and lives. It is paradoxical to allow doctors to kill patients when their main goal is to prevent or cure a disease, and in other cases save lives. In times of great stress, relatives of ill patients rely on their doctors without questioning his decisions. This was the case of Dr. Harold Shipman, a respected man by his community and fellow coworkers, until he was found guilty of killing more than 250 people, mainly elderly women. Dr. Harold Shipman would visit his patients’ house and secretly give them an overdose of morphine, and then go back to his office and change his patients’ medical records to make it look like they died because of natural cause; few hours later his patients would die. In his trial, Euthanasia was ruled out because none of the victims had had terminal illness ...

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