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Ethical and Legal Aspects of Health and Social Care.

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  • Submitted: 20/06/2006
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Ethical and Legal Aspects of Health and Social Care

Euthanasia

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Euthanasia is the deliberate killing of a person for the benefit of that person. Euthanasia is a controversial issue therefore holds the argument of whether the choice of death should be permitted or not. Euthanasia has become increasingly contentious as the generations move on due to medical and scientific advances continuing to transform and extend life. In most cases euthanasia is carried out because the person who dies asks for it, but there are cases called euthanasia where a person can't make such a request. A person who undergoes euthanasia is usually terminally ill, but there are some situations where people want euthanasia.

Forms of Euthanasia

Euthanasia comes in different forms; each brings a different set of rights and wrongs.

Active and Passive Euthanasia: Active euthanasia is when death is brought about by an act - for example when a person is killed by an overdose of painkillers, "many doctors would argue that there reaches a point in the care of a patient where aggressive medical treatment is no longer of any benefit". Passive euthanasia is when death is brought

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