Despite the major advances in medicine and palliative care witnessed by the last century, many patients, even in affluent Western nations, still die in pain and distress. Some entreat their doctors to put an end to their suffering either by killing them or by helping them to kill themselves. In almost every country in the world, a doctor who complies with such a request commits the offence of murder or assisted suicide and faces a lengthy term of imprisonment and professional disgrace.
Yet many people think it should be lawful for a doctor to end a suffering patient's life on request, either by administering a lethal injection or by assisting the patient to commit suicide.1 Organisations campaigning for legal reform, such as the Hemlock Society in the USA or the Voluntary Euthanasia Society (VES) in the UK, are not proposing that a doctor should be allowed to kill2 patients whenever____________________
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Publication information: Book title: Euthanasia, Ethics, and Public Policy: An Argument against Legalisation. Contributors: John Keown - Author. Publisher: Cambridge University Press. Place of publication: Cambridge, England. Publication year: 2002. Page number: 1.
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