Euthanasia/physician-assisted suicide: are these desirable ends?

March 15, 2010 • Posted in Bioethics 101

Can a Hippocratic physician assent to P-AS or euthanasia?    The traditional Hippocratic Oath included a pledge that the physician would  “Give no poison to anyone though asked to do so, nor suggest such a plan”.  Is the Hippocratic ethic relevant today?  If so, how?  Some medical schools have re-written the oath, retaining the name for tradition’s sake but leaving out the proscriptions on abortion and euthanasia. If physicians are dually-trained in healing as well as euthanizing, what happens to the patient’s trust when the physician hands him/her a prescription for pain medication?

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