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    Assisted Suicide

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    Assisted Suicide Jill Allene, RN, visited Gus, an elderly patient at a hospice clinic. The next day Gus swallowed a lethal mixture of medications that had been prescribed by his physician, and fell into a deep sleep. He died soon after. Because it was his decision to take his own life, doesn’t mean that he wins the battle with his disease, but he did win the war - a war of control. He wished simply to die on his own terms, under circumstances he chose. Like others in Oregon who have opted to use

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    Personal Statement - Internal Medicine When I was 10 years old, I came across a quote by Virgil that translates to: “Fortunate is he who has been able to understand the causes of things.” As I reach the end of medical school, I have come to appreciate how much the inspiration behind that phrase has transformed for me as I have pursued this career. I have evolved from a young girl enamored with the idea of learning to save lives to a pre-medical student fascinated by amassing comprehensive medical

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    Arguments Against Pas

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    The concept of physician-assisted suicide (PAS) has been one of the most debated subject since the dawn of the medical profession. The controversy involves around whether or not PAS should be legalized. The first case of assisted-suicide was known to occur on March 24, 1998, in the state of Oregon, where a woman named Helen, in her mid-eighties, had been battling breast cancer for 22 years and was dying. In 1997, the Oregon Death with Dignity Act was passed and went into effect (“Euthanasia”, n.d)

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    of the patient, and in their community. Many of these stories left me challenged and deeply reflecting on the way our culture and society views those who are about to die—especially the elderly—and opened my eyes to a world of palliative care and hospice-programs that I was largely unfamiliar with. His encounters also led to the reflection on the certainty of own mortality and inspired me to ask the question of, “What are my comforts in life and in death?” Additionally from a physician’s standpoint

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    Euthanasia: Dying with Dignity

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    Euthanasia: Dying with Dignity Someday, a loved one may be faced with tough times or a terrible tragedy that leaves them in pain and agony for the rest of their life. It may not happen today, tomorrow, or even next month, but it is always a good idea to have a well thought out plan. A terminal illness could strike at any minute such as Lou Gehrig’s disease, or a car accident could leave someone paralyzed and miserable for the rest of their life. Permitting euthanasia would give the people the right

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    .. ...nes. (2008, May). Chest. Web 25 September 2013. http://www.chestjournal.org/content/suppl/2009/01/09/135.1.26.DC1/Supplementary_ Material_Documet1_Guidelines.doc. Kolcaba K., Y. (1997). Comfort care: A framework for hospice nursing. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 14 (6), 271–276. Maslow, A. Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs. (2009) Web 25 September 2013. http://www.businessballs.com/maslow.htm Perkins H. S., Cortez, J. D., & Hazuda H. P. (2004). Advance care planning:

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    Assisted Suicide

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    Richard M. Conner is a middle-aged man, working his nine to five job on a habitual routine. He slowly moves through the motions of his daily life, unhappy with every aspect. Richard struggles with chronic depression, he has attempted to take his life numerous times. After developing a discomfort in the pelvic area, Richard scheduled a doctor’s visit. It was during this visit that Richard discovered he had prostate cancer, which had already begun to metastasize. Richard began to deteriorate quickly

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    Medicine has become so advanced in the previous centuries that it is a wonder how the medical discoveries of today have been fueled by those made during the Renaissance. As the mindset of those living in Europe during that time changed from religion to self-discovery, medical research began to expand and grow to a more scientific approach. Though several were unable to read, they became more aware of themselves and humanity compared to their earlier religious views on life, causing them to take a

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    Euthanasia Euthanasia is defined in the Chamber’s English Dictionary as “ the act or practice of putting someone painlessly, or as gently as possible, to death”. There are various forms of Euthanasia, which I must explain before referring to the teachings of the different Christian denominations. The most common of them is Voluntary Euthanasia, where the patient decides for themselves, that they would prefer to be dead. They might decide at the time, or perhaps they might have written a ‘living

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    From the very time of birth, each one of us is made differently. We all have the same cells, body parts, and makeup but we all have a different face to present to the world. We all have different situations, beliefs and personalities. One thing everyone, both young and old have in common is the possibility for cancer to become an obstacle in his or her life. Cancer is a disease caused by an uncontrolled division of abnormal cells and has affected more than one million people each year just in the

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