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Medicine and Care of the DyingA Modern History$
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Milton J. Lewis

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195175486

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195175486.001.0001

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Medicine and Euthanasia

Medicine and Euthanasia

(p.198) 6 Medicine and Euthanasia
Medicine and Care of the Dying

Milton J. Lewis

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the changing meaning of euthanasia. It begins by studying the attitude of Christianity towards euthanasia during the pre-modern era and then looks at the philosophical arguments and public debates on euthanasia. The role of euthanasia in palliative care and medicine is then discussed. Developments in the United States and Britain are presented as well.

Keywords:   euthanasia, attitude of Christianity, philosophical arguments, public debates, role of euthanasia, developments

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