Euthanasia: Looking for a Better Death Persuasive Essay by YY

Euthanasia: Looking for a Better Death
Investigates the issue of physician-assisted suicide and its move towards legalization in the United States.
# 49758 | 2,181 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2002 | US

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The evidence from the research concerning physician-assisted suicide indicates that a patient's request for assisted suicide occurs in complex situations and is influenced by the level of the patient's suffering, by the quality of medical care provided for the patient, by the doctor's ability to cope with stress caused by death anxiety, and by the overall doctor-patient relationship. The paper argues that facts point toward the urgent necessity to improve medical care at the end of life, but not to legalize physician-assisted suicide.

From the Paper:

"However, the assumption that doctors in their attitude towards patients are essentially compassionate, helpful and positive and can never be negative or destructive, is dangerous. In reality, doctors deal with a large variety of patients, and it would be reasonable to suppose that there are patients they like and dislike and, possibly, patients they would prefer not to be troubled by or burdened with. Varghese and Kelly make a startling suggestion that "doctors could feel destructively toward patients to the extent of hate and disgust and that this could influence decisions regarding whether to proceed with a patient's request for assisted suicide" (Varghese 12). It might be naive to believe that doctors' personal negative feelings will not provoke them to act destructively towards patients, even when there are certain laws and regulations in place prohibiting certain actions on the part of the doctor. In this context, legalizing physician-assisted suicide might bring some doctors' feelings forward and put the public in grave danger."

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