Although modern medicine has become increasingly innovative, the ethics of medical practice are a commonly debated topic in the world of medicine. A particularly difficult situation to ethically work through would be the argument on physician assisted suicide, also known as active euthanasia. Assisted suicide involves a patient who consults a physician to obtain a drug prescription or knowledge of a lethal dosage when the physician is aware of the intent of the patient to kill oneself. In modern times, the Hippocratic Oath is able to provide a valuable view that does not condone physician assisted suicide from an ethical standpoint. From ancient to modern periods, suicide has been an ongoing dilemma with varying professional opinions on how to ethically handle it.
Physician assisted suicides Introduction Physician assisted suicides is among the modern greatest challenges that come with the medical professions ethic responsibilities. Assisted suicides threaten the greater core of the profession of medicine and its integrity since it is not just a proposal towards the care of the dying but the means to their death. Even though the council on Ethical and judicial affairs of medicine has long standing policies going against the need for euthanasia. However, these policies do not address the issue of assisted suicide fully. This was not until there was a report on the issue in June 1991 regarding the "Decisions of near the End of Life."
Views on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide This essay explores the views of doctors, of the general public, and of the original Hippocratic Oath on the practices of euthanasia and assisted suicide. Considerable reference material is employed - from professional sources. Regarding the views of physicians on euthanasia and assisted suicide, it is difficult to get a true picture of physicians views from articles in newspapers or from journal review articles. Since euthanasia and assisted suicide are new and a challenge to established values, a report about a single physician practicing assisted suicide is more likely to get published than a report that members of a large physicians' organization reaffirms traditional values. Physicians that practice euthanasia and assisted suicide have been more outspoken and vociferous since many consider themselves as pioneers.
Assisted Suicide, more than many other things, gives opponents the fear that doctors will become less committed to saving lives, that families may respond to financial pressures by encouraging suicide, and that limitations in the resources of the health-care system might dictate decisions of life and death. All in all, assisted suicide has been a large topic for debate and discussion for many years. Ever since the incident with Dr. Kevorkian, very much attention has been brought to the topic of euthanasia. All in all, the act in itself is morally, ethically and obviously wrong. People should not be able to take their lives from themselves with aid from a doctor, because it is not good for a society or community.
Euthanasia: Killing or Helping Is society playing the role of God or is the world so wrapped up in their lives that God no longer matters? Euthanasia has been around since the ancient Romans and Greeks and has been a highly debated subject just as it is today. In history and in arguments stated today is that “people are the created and not the Creator” (Gula 26). There are many things that society can argue about the subject of euthanasia but the main debate is that euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide is wrong. Society gets euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide confused because they both have to do with physicians tending to the patient’s death.
pg. 71). However, Dr. Jack Kevorkian has committed this last type of killing several times. In the Hippocrates Oath, a physician swears not to give poison to anyone, though asked to do so, nor to suggest such a plan (Biema). With the technology and advancements in medicine today, who is to say that a person's illness couldn't be cured within the next few months?
For many reasons, doctors, patients, citizens, and governments throughout the world have kept euthanasia from being widely legalized. Some of the reasons are: doctors should not directly cause death, euthanasia is a slippery slope, and that euthanasia devalues life. Because of these reasons, Americans should not allow euthanasia to continue to spread throughout the states. The word “euthanasia” comes from the Greek and means “good death” (Nargus). “Euthanasia” refers to the ending of a life.
Controversy is a state of prolonged public dispute or debate, usually concerning a matter with opposing opinions or different point of views. Environmental protections, animal rights, medical marijuana, and gay marriage are all controversial issues that are well known throughout the media today. There are a few controversial matters that are not a top priority, and are pushed to the back of the media until need be. Physician assisted suicide is one these matters. Just as the name says, physician assisted suicide is the aiding in a patients wish to move along the process of death through suicide where the assistant is a physician.
In physician assisted suicide, there can be many ethical questions raised. From the view of utilitarianism and deontology, morals and consequences come to mind when discussing this topic. These theories play a vital role when exploring this topic and going in depth about its ethical issues. The film maker, John Zaristky, creator of the documentary, The Suicide Tourist, never really stated his viewpoint, only the viewpoint of the people in the video. Ethical issues In the medical field, there has always been the question raised, “What is ethical?” There is a growing conflict between two important principles: autonomy and death being considered a medical treatment.
Euthanasia has become a very controversial topic in the medical field. The decision-making skill that physicians possess regarding the well-being of their patients is essentially the framework of their craft. Although they have been tempered and molded to preform medical decisions, physicians cannot make perfect decisions because of the influence by their humanity. Even though this may be, people are required to build a relationship with their physician in order to procure trust. Physicians have the expertise to instruct and intervene in the public’s health, but they cannot be allowed to actively euthanize patients.