Patient Autonomy and the Case against Euthanasia YourFirstName YourLastName Your University April 3, 2010 Abstract The concept of patient autonomy is based on the ideal that human beings should be in control of their own medical destiny; this issue is particularly relevant to the field of euthanasia as patients try to manage the end of their lives with dignity. Euthanasia can be framed as a subject of debate within topics of patient autonomy, ethics, financial realities, and the responsibility of medical staff to aid terminally ill patients in their objectives to end their suffering. However, patient autonomy is being used as a reason to circumvent the basic premise that healthcare professionals should never harm their patients under any...The end:
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