Debates about the ethics of euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide date from ancient Greece and Rome.
After the development of ether, physicians began advocating the use of anesthetics to relieve the pains of death.
In 1870, Samuel Williams first proposed using anesthetics and morphine to intentionally end a patient's life.
Over the next 35 years, debates about the ethics of euthanasia raged in the United States and Britain, culminating in 1906 in an Ohio bill to legalize euthanasia, a bill that was ultimately defeated.
The arguments propounded for and against euthanasia in the 19th century are identical to contemporary arguments.
Mots-clés Pascal : Euthanasie, Ethique, Historique, Etats Unis, Grande Bretagne, Amérique du Nord, Amérique, Royaume Uni, Europe
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Euthanasia, Ethics, Case history, United States, Great Britain, North America, America, United Kingdom, Europe
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 95-0049861
Code Inist : 002B30A09. Création : 09/06/1995.