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Morality of Euthanasia The third night that I roomed with Jack in our tiny double room in the solid-tumor ward of the cancer clinic of the National Institute of Health in Maryland a terrible thought occurred to me Jack had a melanoma in his belly a malignant solid tumor that the doctors guessed was the size of a softball The doctors planned to remove the tumor but they knew Jack would soon die The cancer had now spread out of control Jack about 28 was in constant pain and his doctor had prescribed an intravenous shot a pain killer and this would control the pain for perhaps two hours or a bit more Then he would begin to moan or whimper very low as though he didnt want to wake me Then he would begin to howl like a dog When this happened he would ring for a nurse and ask for the pain-killer The third night of his routine a terrible thought occurred to me If Jack were a dog I thought what would be done to him The answer was obvious the pound and the chloroform No human being with a spark of pity could let a living thing suffer so to no good end James Rachels The Morality of Euthanasia The experience of Stewart Alsop a respected journalist who died in 1975 of a rare form of cancer gave an example on the morality of euthanasia Before he died he wrote movingly of his experiences with another terminal patient Although he had not thought much about euthanasia before he came to approve of it after sharing a room with Jack While
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