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As Thomas Sullivan expressed in his essay Active and Passive Euthanasia An Impertinent Distinction he disagrees with James Rachels interpretation of the AMAs policy on euthanasia the putting to death of a person with an incurable disease However the AMA itself states its agreement with Rachels view of its policy Much of Sullivans argument revolves around his assumption that he has support from the AMA support which he does not have In Sullivans essay he critiques Rachels arguments and feels that Rachels has misinterpreted the AMAs policy on euthanasia The policy states that mercy-killing is forbidden however desisting the use of extraordinary means of sustaining life is permissible Rachels believes the AMA plays the hypocrite accepting passive but not active euthanasia active euthanasia is the employment of means aimed at putting a suffering patient to death while passive euthanasia is the withdrawal of any means of life support whether natural or artificial On the other hand Sullivan feels the AMA does not make this distinction He says that the policy simply demands ordinary treatments but not extraordinary ones To make the distinction between these means Sullivan relies on Paul Ramseys standard that ordinary means are reasonably accessible painless and priced Extraordinary means on the other hand are relatively painful costly and inconvenient when there is little hope tha t the patient will profit from its application or perpetuation Therefore Sullivan believes that the AMA and writer Paul Ramsey side with his ideals Sullivans arguments are deontelogical His main focus is not on the means by which a physician should treat his patient rather he is concerned more with the physicians duties and intentions He thinks that what the AMA is saying in the above-mentioned policy is that physicians have a duty to give ordinary treatment to their patients but not extraordinary In using extraordinary treatments the physician should intend to cause the patient as little pain as possible It is
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