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Euthanasia Booklet: Euthanasia Booklet

Chapter 1 - Introduction

Throughout its history Christian Medical Fellowship has campaigned quietly but consistently against euthanasia. There has never been greater cause for concern. In September 1991 there were more than 60 mentions of euthanasia in national newspapers and magazines. In a two week period in October/November that year there were at least...

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Chapter 2 - Thou Shalt Not Kill - The Christian case against compassionate killing

There are only two instances of voluntary euthanasia in the Bible. In the first, Abimelech, believing himself to be fatally wounded with a fractured skull after being hit on the head by a millstone, asks his armour-bearer to kill him. His request is granted and the Israelite leader is thus...

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Chapter 3 - Suicide Down the Ages - A Judeo-Christian Perspective

IntroductionThe arguments for and, particularly, against suicide are very similar to those that concern euthanasia and since they have already been discussed at length in this book and elsewhere I won't reiterate them here.[1,2] One of the difficulties facing the Christian who wishes to arrive at an ethical understanding of...

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Chapter 4 - Should Doctors Support the Living Will?

Although the concept of the living will has been around in the USA for over 20 years, there are still some doctors in Britain to whom it is unfamiliar. So it will be well to start with a definition. The term 'living will' has been applied to a written statement...

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Chapter 5 - A Doctor's Dilemma

In September 1992 Dr Nigel Cox, an experienced rheumatologist, was convicted of attempted murder for killing a terminally ill patient with intravenous potassium chloride. According to reports in the media, the patient suffered from severe rheumatoid arthritis, was bedbound, had a gastric ulcer and bedsores; all agreed that her life...

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Chapter 6 - Should Tube-feeding be Withdrawn in PVS? - A brief review of the issues

Introduction On the afternoon of Saturday April 15th 1989, 17 year old football fan Tony Bland was one of hundreds who suffered crush injuries at the Hillsborough Stadium tragedy in Sheffield. On arrival in hospital he was treated intensively with insertion of drains to his bilateral tension pneumothoraces, intubation and...

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Chapter 7 - Submission from CMF to the Select Committee of the House of Lords on Medical Ethics

The Submission can be found at www.cmf.org.uk/ethics/submissions/?id=2.

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