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... Zubczynski of “Physician-Assisted Suicide: Compassionate Murder?” Since the mid-1970s, countless arguments over whether physician-assisted suicides are ethical or not, have raged within the medical field as well as among the general public and popular media. Though the arguments weigh more or less evenly against each other, it is the contention of this paper that physician-assisted suicide can often amount to killing a patient.
1. The Definition of Physician-Assisted Suicide (PAS) and Patient Autonomy:
Using the definition given by Herbert Hendin, M.D.:
Euthanasia is a word coined from Greek in the 17th century to refer to an easy, painless, happy death. In modern times, however, it has come to mean...