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Euthanasia Informational Outlook Before practicing medicine as a profession doctors must take a Hippocratic Oath in which they are sworn to protect human life Therefore any concept which involves assisting a patient to take his own life would on the surface appear to be a violation of the sacred medical oath However with the ever-increasing numbers of terminally-ill patients the issues arent necessarily as black and white as they once appeared With the increasing prominence of Dr Jack Kevorkian sometimes referred to as Dr Death many patients and medical professionals are questioning the implications of physician-assisted suicide and whether or not such an action constitutes murder I Advanced euthanasia directives including terminal care value of life and right to die Euthanasia comprised of the Greek words eu which means good and thanatos which means death There are two basic types of euthanasia -- active and passive Active euthanasia involves inducing a painless death to a patient per his request who is suffering from a terminal illness or incurably debilitating condition with their direct consent To date this practice is illegal in the United States but is recognized by the Netherlands government Hemlock Society General Information 1997 Passive euthanasia is the medical practice of not intervening in the natural death process and is performed through the removal of feeding tubes the cessation of antibiotic medications to fight infection or the halting of chemotherapy This is a legally recognized practiced and is widely accepted by the medical establishment Hemlock Society General Information 1997 In recent years the term assisted suicide has become popular or notorious depending on ones point of view This is the process of aiding a person to end his life and is considered illegal in most states Although family members often help a terminally-ill person to end his life many people are enlisting the services of physicians to ensure that the process is a
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