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  • Living Wills
    1,366 words
    Living Wills, sometimes called Advanced Directives, are legal documents accepted in all 50 states. They clearly define a persons wish to decline life-support or medical treatment in certain circumstances, usually when death is imminent. Generally, a living will takes effect when a person becomes terminally ill, permanently unconscious or conscious with irreversible brain damage. A living will also allows a person to state with particularity the forms of treatment are wanted and not wanted. For e...
  • Freedom Of Choice Living Wills
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    Doctor assisted suicide (DAS) Euthanasia Death with dignity, isn't that the way we all dream of dying Almost every family has had to watch the slow and agonizing death of a beloved family member from cancer, neurological disease, or other terminal illness. This is where doctor assisted suicide (DAS) steps in. Wouldn t it be nice if we could just stop the pain and misery of a loved one When they only have a few months to live and they are in constant pain, wouldn t you want to stop that If you an...
  • Fight Against Terminal Pain
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    Preparing for Death A lack of preparation for our deaths is a serious problem whether it is because we don't know the exact time or just don't want to face death. In a article in time magazine by John Cloud he writes "We will spend more time getting ready for two weeks away from work than we will for our last two weeks on earth" (Cloud, 2000, p. 60). We should prepare for our deaths to show our wishes concerning treatment and life support as well as other aspects. We should make choices while we...
  • Suicide For Patients
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    Life Is Precious It has been argued that it should be made legal for patients to have doctor-assisted suicide, or mercy-killing, which is the term used to describe ending life through the voluntary self-administration of lethal medication, expressly prescribed by a physician for that purpose (DHS-Internet). By approximately a two-to-one ratio, most adults in the US agree that it should be this way. "When read a brief description of the Oregon proposition, allowing physician-assisted suicide for ...
  • Pain With A Patient
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    You Live Your Life, I ll Take Mine! Suffering is a terrible thing. Lying in agony because of a disease or sickness is completely horrifying. Sensing death in the air may be the single-most fearful emotion a person could feel. A person who has a terminal illness has to look at their family and friends everyday and painfully realize that he or she only has so long to live. There will only be a couple more weeks or months to spend time with the people that person loves. What could be more depressin...
  • Legal Right
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    Euthanasia and the Law A severely handicapped or terminally ill person should have the right to choose to live or die. The right to live; the right to choose to live or die should not only be a right allocated for bodied individuals of sound mind but for all human beings. Euthanasia is a controversial issue which encompasses the morals, values and beliefs of our society. Euthanasia, literally defined means 'good death'. There are two types of euthanasia, active and passive. Active euthanasia is ...
  • Right To Passive Euthanasia
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    Today we struggle with the medical ethics on issues of life and death in a culture that denies the terminally and the infirm the right to maintain control over when to end their lives. They come to realize that at some level we are all dependent on others. From infancy to death, the cradle to the grave we rely on a number of people. One such person is our physician. In today's society a physician is expected to be dedicated to the restoration of health, and the mending of the broken body. What h...
  • Life Of The Patient
    549 words
    Extraordinary means of treatment For many years now there have been people who center their lives on giving medical attention to sick patients in need of their care. There have also been many doctors who spend their lives developing techniques to help keep people alive as long as possible, even when the person quite possibly should have died a natural death a long time ago. Does this make what the doctor is doing wrong? Doesn't the patient deserve a chance to live the longest and fullest life th...
  • Patients About Experience
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    Jeff Sacc one 12/16 Per. 4 Cuckoo The value of experience plays a major role in the poem The Waking by, Roethke and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by, Kelsey. Both portray a similar message, which seems to suggest that in life you must learn to live by gaining different experiences, which contribute to making you the person that you are. The quote "I learn by going where I go" from The Waking would be the same philosophy that McMurphy used in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest to teach the ward me...
  • Terminal Patients Life
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    Euthanasia and Living Wills THE STORY Imagine someone you love... better yet, imagine yourself lying in a hospital bed oblivious to the world around you, unable to move or show any signs of life, your own existence controlled by an I.V., a respiratory machine, and a feeding tube. In essence you are dead. Your body is no longer able to sustain life, its entire purpose is now replaced by a machine - you are being kept alive by artificial means. At this point the question arises - should you be kep...
  • Brain Dead And Comatose Patients
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    Artificial Life or Death Euthanasia has been a hotly debated about topic for the past couple of decades, but has recently been thrust into the limelight by many controversial court and hospital decisions. Euthanasia is defined as the 'mercy killing' of a person who is brain dead, terminally ill or otherwise at death's door. This usually, but not necessarily, affects people who are are separated from death only by machines. Whether you personally believe 'mercy killing' is a viable solution in a ...
  • Patient's Vital Force
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    Holistic is about the whole person - mind, body and spirit. The way a person acts, and how they react to specific situations depends on all these elements. You might react differently to situations at different points in your life because these elements are at different levels. We all have a vital force within us and we can affect how strong this vital force is. There are many influences on the mind, body and spirit: Diet: What we eat, how we eat. If we are feeling down then we are likely to rea...
  • Quality In Life
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    In this day and age of medical technology the right to die is a difficult journey to walk. The quality of life should play a major decision in the right to die. It is not only going to affect everyone around you, but it will affect you and the person you are deciding for. Everyday when I walk into work I think to myself, "who will I watch walk out of this place, who am I going to watch suffer, and who am I going to watch die?" I know it is a morbid subject to think of, but I work at a hospital o...

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