Euthanasia

D. J. Nyman*, L. A. Eidelman, C. L. Sprung

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

The arguments for and against euthanasia have not changed substantially throughout history. In modern times we have greater capabilities of keeping patients alive in situations in which previously they would have died. We are therefore faced with difficult decisions of when to withhold treatment and when to withdraw treatment. These actions are considered morally and legally acceptable by Western society. The question of euthanasia is a thorny one, and even though the practice is legal in some countries, the debate continues throughout the world. It may be that as interest in euthanasia increases, so will the medical community's skills in terminal care.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)85-96
Number of pages12
JournalCritical Care Clinics
Volume12
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1996
Externally publishedYes

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