Sunday, February 16, 2014

Sunday's Literature 007

Euthanasia: Ethical or Unethical?

"I will give no deadly medicine to any if asked, nor suggest any such counsel..."- a line from the Hippocratic Oath which is being recited by the new board passers in the field of medicine. The oath that should be followed by every doctors and nurses. But how does a doctor deal with the patient who is incurable? A patient who lacks hope to stay alive?

Every patient needs a cure from their sickness. They also need an unconditional love, comfort and care while they are lying in the bed of agony. When the patient is incurable and hopeless, it is fine for the doctors to ask the family members if they want to stop the pain and suffering of their patient by means of Euthanasia- a way of ending life to relieve the pain of dying. According to the House of Lords Select Committee on Medicinal Ethics, the definite meaning of Euthanasia is " a deliberate intervention undertaken with the express intention of ending a life, to relieve intractable suffering." It was like the last stage of the patient from an immense pain. They do this to halt their physical illness and for their loved ones to stop the pain of watching them and paying the medicinal expenses that will not have a good result. The word Euthanasia was first used by Francis Bacon in his medical context in 17th century. He reformed to an "outward euthanasia".

Euthanasia or Mercy Killing has been legalized in some countries but still considered an unethical manner in the Third World. Every person needs an unconditional love, comfort and care while they are suffering. If we just show these and let them feel that there are still some who will really care for them. Even if there's no cure, it will strengthen their hopes and somehow they will leave this world proved that you don't have to give up your life by means of Euthanasia, because having the love and care makes you feel better even though you have physically suffered.