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Do euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide violate the Hippocratic Oath?

Asked by luigirovatti (2105points) 1 month ago

Nowadays, people are living longer than ever, and in circumstances in which a doctor could end their suffering. Some American doctors have been arguing for a patient’s right to choose death, and for them to be able to assist in the process.

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zenvelo's avatar

No, it does not violate the Hippocratic oath.

Refusing to assist and leave someone to die a prolonged agonizing death would be a violation of the Hippocratic Oath.

This is not argued in the civilized states.

Darth_Algar's avatar

Physicians don’t take the Hippocratic Oath. It’s an antiquated text that has no relevance to modern medicine.

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Correct me if I am mistaken, but even at that isn’t it more a matter of ceremony than an actual requirement to practice medicine?

KNOWITALL's avatar

Death with dignity is controversial but I think it’s a mercy in many cases.

Caravanfan's avatar

@Darth_Algar Of course. We all said it at our graduation ceremony as a matter of ritual, but it is certainly not required.

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