Year: 1991 Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, v.6, no.5, (July 1991), p.337-339 SIEC No: 19920114

This article examines the moral aspects of euthanasia by looking at arguments for & against mercy killing. Although recognition of the initiation of the dying process is crucial for making compassionate & correct decisions about patients’ care, there is no medical or moral obligation to begin or maintain useless remedies, futile procedures, or inadequate medication. However, the acceptance that death is inevitable isnot an excuse to balance death with suffering. (4 Refs.)