Revista Cubana de Salud Pública
Print version ISSN 0864-3466
CREAGH PENA, Mabel. Ethical dilemma of euthanasia. Rev. cub. salud pública [online]. 2012, vol.38, n.1, pp.150-155. ISSN 0864-3466. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0864-34662012000100014.
Euthanasia means nice death. From the legal viewpoint, it means physical suffering-free provoked death willingly accepted by a terminally-ill patient. In practice, it means to administer drugs, pharmaceuticals or other substances that release pain even though they may reduce lifetime. The decision for euthanasia has been a persistent controversy in the history of mankind; thus various ideologies clash in support of arguments in favour or against this practice. The objective of this paper is to present ethical, scientific and religious considerations on the implementation of euthanasia, taking as a basis a historical analysis covering from Platon up to the present times. It is really important that man, as a rational being capable of permanently revolutionizing science and technique and transforming nature for the benefit of the species, should also die with dignity.
Keywords : Euthanasia; ethics; bioethics.