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The medical profession has long subscribed to a body of ethical statements developed primarily for the benefit of the patient As a member of this profession a physician must recognize responsibility to patients first and foremost as well as society However there is an emerging practice that physicians are facing in the medical profession Moreover conflict surrounds this practice legally and ethically There are various standards of conduct that epitomizes the behavior of a honorable physician however within the confines of those standards there exist uncertainty According to the principles of medical ethics a physician shall respect the law and also recognize a responsibility to seek changes in those requirements which are contrary to the best interest of the patient AMA 1 Each year millions of individuals are diagnosed with terminal illnesses which result in excruciating pain In 85 of the cases death is inevitable Armed with this fact the afflicted are torn between the decision to allow the disease to consume their existence or opt for euthanasia In this paper I will examine the legal and ethics conflict that surrounds the Physician Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia The act of Physician Assisted Suicide PAS is an example of the fine line between a Physicians legal obligation and ethical responsibilities PAS generally refers to a practice in which the doctor provides the patient with a lethal dose of medication upon the individual request that is used to end their life According to Humphrey The word euthanasia comes from the Greek-eu good and thanotos--death Euthanasia also called mercy killing is the act or practice of putting people to death who are suffering from painful incurable diseases or incapacitating physical disorders 18 Incidentally there are several ways in which the two forms of suicide is carried out Terminal sedation which is the practice of sedating a terminally ill competent patient to the point of unconsciousness then allowing the person to die of their disease starvation or dehydration
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