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Hong Kong Baptist University

安樂死

2001

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雷切爾斯論安樂死, Kai-Yee Wong Jan 2001

雷切爾斯論安樂死, Kai-Yee Wong

International Journal of Chinese & Comparative Philosophy of Medicine

Twenty-six years on, the debate generated by James Rachels' 'Active and Passive Euthanasia' (1975), one of the most widely reprinted articles on euthanasia in bioethics, is still very much alive. The following policy statement cited and attacked by Rachels in the article has thus become familiar to many bioethicists: 'The intentional termination of the life of one human being by another - mercy killing - is contrary to that for which the medical profession stands and is contrary to the policy of the American Medical Association. The cessation of the employment of extraordinary means to prolong the life of the body when ...