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Euthanasia Originally the term physician assisted suicide meant the provision by a physician of the means of which a suffering terminally ill patient could initiate his or her death The euthanasia means the killing of a terminally ill person to end his or her suffering Now by practice the term physician assisted suicide has been expanded in meaning to include the administration of a lethal substance by a physician to a suffering patient-a form of euthanasia Thus physician assisted suicide can now be defined as any action taken by a physician to provide death to a patient Many people argue that the decision to kill oneself is a private choice which society has no right to be concerned about This position assumes that suicide results from competent people making autonomous rational decision to die and then claims that society has no business interfering with a freely chosen life or death decision that harms no one other the suicidal individual However according to experts who have studied several cases on suicide the basic assumption is wrong It is very unlikely that someone with serious disability commits suicide Rather as society view seriously disabled and terminally ill individuals as burdens with unacceptable quality of life these persons may feel an obligation to commit suicide A careful 1974 British study which involved extensive interviews and examination of medical records found that 93 of those studied who committed suicide were mentally ill at the time A similar St Louis study published in 1984 found a mental disorder in 94 of those who committed suicide There is a great body of psychological evidence that those who attempt suicide are normally having conflict feelings and that they are most of time the victims of mental disorder Almost all of those who attempt suicide do so as a subconscious cry for help not after a carefully calculated judgement that death would be better than life A
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