Active and passive euthanasia.

  title={Active and passive euthanasia.},
  author={J. Rachels},
  journal={The New England journal of medicine},
  volume={292 2},
  • J. Rachels
  • Published 1975
  • Medicine
  • The New England journal of medicine
The traditional distinction between active and passive euthanasia requires critical analysis. The conventional doctrine is that there is such an important moral difference between the two that, although the latter is sometimes permissible, the former is always forbidden. This doctrine may be challenged for several reasons. First of all, active euthanasia is in many cases more humane than passive euthanasia, Secondly, the conventional doctrine leads to decisions concerning life and death on… Expand
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