Full code

3 Nov

“And in a sense, it is rational, given the dearth of alternatives. If nobody wants you at the party, why should you stay? Advocates of Death With Dignity laws who say that patients themselves should decide whether to live or die are fantasizing. Who chooses suicide in a vacuum? We are inexorably affected by our immediate environment. The deck is stacked.”
Excerpt from an article I just read in the Herald Tribune and that pulled tears from my eyes. An ethical topic fundamental for each human being , not only for health practitioners. As the spouse of the disabled author asks in the reanimation room, we should always proceed “full code” in order to save a human being.
This article by Ben Mattlin is worth to be read.
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One Response to “Full code”

  1. Janice Flahiff November 6, 2012 at 1:59 pm #

    Thanks for the post.
    Quite a few years ago (25?) I took a philosophy dept ethics of law class .
    One question posed in the class has bothered me all these years.
    If someone has no friends, and is in deep depression, shouldn’t they be allowed to kill themselves?
    Well, no I believe. Because communally we have responsibility for all…and as individuals to do what we can for each other. I think “death with dignity” is a canard.., has nothing to do with personal freedom..for it, in a way, kills what is human in all of us.

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