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Medical Ethics and Physician-Assisted Suicide

Status Complete
Seeking Researchers No
Start Date 01/01/2010
End Date 06/01/2010
Funding Source Undergraduate Research Discovery Grant
Funding Amount
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Related Course PHIL A405
Last Updated 04/08/2010 04:29PM
Keywords medical ethics, physician assisted suicide

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Faculty
  Terrence Kelly

Student Researchers
  Ashley Whitaker

Abstract

This paper was done in partial completion of requirements for a senior-level philosophy course (PHIL 405) Professional Ethics. The topic is on Physician-Assisted Suicide (PAS). I compare and contrast the pros and cons of PAS from contemporary sources and conclude that arguments against PAS are unjustified, and the main times paternalism happens is when patients cannot express their wishes and have not written their wishes on paper. I use this to argue that persons should have their wishes in writing about what should happen to them if they are put in a situation where PAS may be used.

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