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Euthanasia is defined by The American Heritage Dictionary as the action of killing an individual for reasons considered to bemerciful 469 Here killing is described as the physical action where one individual actively kills another Euthanasia is tolerated in the medical field under certain circumstances when a patient is suffering profoundly and death is inevitable The word euthanasia comes from the Greek eu good and thanatos death literally good death however the word euthanasia is much more difficult to define Each person may define euthanasia differently Who is to decide whether a death is good or not Is any form of death good All of these questions can be answered differently by each person It is generally taken today to mean that act which a health care professional carries out to help hisher patient achieve a good death Suicide self-deliverance auto-euthanasia aid-in-dying assisted suicide -- call it what you like -- can be justified by theaverage supporter of the so-called right to die movement for the following reasons The first reason is that an advanced terminal illness is causing unbearable suffering to the individual This suffering is the most common reason to seek an early end Second a grave physical handicap exists that is so restricting that the individual cannot even after due care counseling and re-training tolerate such a limited existence This handicap is a fairly rare reason for suicide most impaired people cope remarkably well with their affliction but there are some who would at a certain point rather die We say that there is a second form of suicide justifiable suicide that is a rational and planned self-deliverance from a painful and hopeless disease which will shortly end in death I do not think the word suicide sits well in this context but we are stuck with it Suicide is the taking of ones own life Why does the term euthanasia even exist Is euthanasia not suicide A differentiation
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