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June Holiday Assignment PART TWO 2012 (included in CA2)

Passage B [10m]
(The debate on Euthanasia)

|1 |It is good news that Alejandro Amenábar’s Spanish film “Mar adentro” (The Sea Inside) is creating a debate about euthanasia. | | | |Amenabar’s “Mar adentro” portrays a physically paralysed patient who needs the help of someone to cause his own death. In fact,| | | |the problem of euthanasia has a long history of philosophical discussion. On the whole, ancient Greek thinkers seem to have | | | |favoured euthanasia, even though they opposed suicide. An exception is Hippocrates who in his oath states that “I will not | | | |prescribe a deadly drug to please someone, nor give advice that may cause his death.” The entire oath places emphasis on the |5 | | |value of preserving life and in putting the good of patients above the private interests of physicians. These two aspects of | | | |the oath make it an important creed for many health care workers today. In medieval times, Christian, Jewish, and Muslim | | | |philosophers opposed active euthanasia, although the Christian Church has tolerated passive euthanasia. | | | | | | | | |10 | | | | | |2 |The atrocities perpetrated by the Nazi regime included the so called “euthanasia programme” which allowed the systematic mass | | | |murder. Since then the word euthanasia is associated with negative feelings. During the past decade, the debate about legalized| | | |euthanasia...
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