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Do No Harm? Should Patients Still Trust Their Doctors?
Last edited 23rd August 2012

First do no harm. This edict has been part of medical ethics since the time of the ancient Greek physician, Hippocrates, in the fifth century B.C. It is found in the Hippocratic Corpus, a collection of medical writing attributed to Hippocrates. The original Hippocratic oath includes: I will apply dietetic measures for the benefit of the sick according to my ability and judgment; I will keep them from harm and injustice.


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Should People with Locked-In Syndrome be Euthanased?
Last edited 21st August 2012

There can be no more difficult case for dispassionate discussion than the fate of Tony Nicklinson, the totally paralysed British man who wants to end his life. This week the UK High Court denied his request for euthanasia. He is completely dependent and describes his life in the bleakest words imaginable: “dull, miserable, demeaning, undignified and intolerable. …it is misery created by the accumulation of lots of things which are minor in themselves but, taken together, ruin what’s left of my life.”


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Medical Journals & the Culture of Death
Last edited 17th August 2012

Are we really being told the truth about euthanasia?


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Ask a Priest - When is it OK to Turn Off Someone's Life Support?
Last edited 6th August 2012

When is it ok to turn off someone's life support? Is this the same as euthanasia? What about withdrawing food when there is no hope left?


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Hospital Bans Wife Who Doesn’t Want Husband’s Care Rationed
Last edited 30th July 2012

Marilyn Nelson and her spouse Arthur Hippe, both in their sixties, have shared the last 26 years together. Today though, the loving couple is prevented from seeing one another, except for two hours a day in a Toronto-area hospital, where they are not permitted a single moment of privacy.


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Ethics and Euthanasia - A Debate That Never Dies
Last edited 16th July 2012

A video debate including right-to-die advocate Dr Philip Nitschke and leading Australian ethicist Dr Bernadette Tobin is attracting a large and increasing number of online hits proving the debate is certainly not in the end stages. An initiative of the Australian Catholic University (ACU), the debate is the third in the university's Speaker Voice series and marked the first time euthanasia campaigner and founder of Exit International, Dr Nitschke had debated the issue with leading Catholic ethics, palliative care and legal experts.


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Salvation from Medical Suicide
Last edited 4th July 2012

If assisted suicide is legalised in Canada, we cross the barrier from civilisation to savagery. In this article from MercatorNet, Peter Stockland explores the consequences of the recent decision by the Supreme Court of British Columbia to strike down federal laws against medically delivered suicide.


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Every Human Life Has Intrinsic Value and Dignity
Last edited 27th June 2012

Voluntary euthanasia not only requires the will and judgment of the patient but the will and judgement of the doctor who must decide whether they agree with the patient, and that the patient would be better off dead.


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Canadian Judges Impose Euthanasia on Parliament
Last edited 25th June 2012

Last Friday the Supreme Court of the Canadian province of British Columbia (BC) ruled that the current law prohibiting physician-assisted suicide is invalid. Parliament was given a year to draft legislation allowing euthanasia, although the government has the option of appealing to Canada’s Supreme Court.


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Nitschke Joins Leading Catholic Ethicist for Public Euthanasia Debate - 20 June 2012
Last edited 22nd June 2012

Outspoken right-to-die advocate and founder of Exit International, Philip Nitschke will join an expert panel discussion in Sydney tonight for a public forum on ethics and euthanasia led by Dr Bernadette Tobin, Director of the Plunkett Centre for Ethics at St Vincent's & Mater Health and the Australian Catholic University. The panel will also include Professor Margaret O'Connor, the Vivian Bullwinkel Chair in Palliative Nursing at Monash University, Melbourne and Father Frank Brennan, human rights champion and Professor of Law at ACU's Public Policy Institute.


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