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Dr. Jack Kevorkian gained world attention by assisting in several suicides to dying patients; he was sentenced to over 60 years for his efforts, despite the gratitude of the patients and their families. Among the opponents are some physicians who believe it violates the fundamental tenet of medicine and believe that doctors should not assist in suicides because to do so is incompatible with the doctor’s role as a healer. It would violate doctors Hippocratic Oath, upon receiving a medical degree, each doctor is required to take a Hippocratic Oath, which states among other things, “first to do no harm.” ( Nitschke, 2001 ) Assisting in suicide would be a violation of that oath, and it would lead to a weaking of doctor’s patient’s trust. The oath was created in part so patients could be reassured that doctors only wanted to help them, not hurt them. A weaking of that oath may cause patients to wonder.
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