alexa Euthanasia: In Defense of A Good, Ancient Word
ISSN: 2155-9627

Journal of Clinical Research & Bioethics
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Research Article

Euthanasia: In Defense of A Good, Ancient Word

Dragan Pavlovic1*, Alexander Spassov2 and Christian Lehmann3

1Department of Anesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine, Ernst Moritz Arndt University, Germany

2Department of Orthodontics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Greifswald, Germany

3Department of Anesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine, Ernst Moritz Arndt University, Germany

*Corresponding Author:
Dr.Dragan Pavlovic
Klinik und Poliklinik für Anästhesiologie und Intensivmedizin
Ernst-Moritz-Arndt Universität, Friedrich- Loeffler-Strasse 23b
17487 Greifswald, Germany
Tel: 49383486 5848
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E-mail: [email protected]

Received date: November 25, 2010; Accepted date: December 23, 2010; Published date: January 03, 2011

Citation: Pavlovic D, Spassov A, Lehmann C (2011) Euthanasia: In Defense of A Good, Ancient Word. J Clinic Res Bioeth 2:105. doi: 10.4172/2155-9627.1000105

Copyright: © 2011 Pavlovic D, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



Background: It has been suggested that the word euthanasia should be abandoned because widespread imprecise use of the word “euthanasia” deprived it of its precise meaning.

Methods: On the basis of the primary necessary condition for euthanasia – that it be in the interests of the one who will die – we examine the use and meaning of the expression.

Discussion: We demonstrate that above suggestions rely upon flagrant misuse or inappropriate use of the word. The attention of the reader is drawn to morally problematic consequences should the expression “euthanasia” be abandoned and the argument that abandoning the term would be justified is rejected.

Conclusions: Instead of abandoning the word “euthanasia,” care should be taken to use the term correctly in the future. The original meaning of the word “euthanasia” would, thereby, be preserved and we could only benefit from the rich tradition that impregnates that ancient word.


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