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When death offers relief and release from pain, suffering, and vegetative existence, is killing rather than letting die really any different morally? Answers are conflicting as they are controversial. They directly touch clinical practice even as they engage philosophical theory. James Rachels in The End of Life: Euthanasia and Morality argues from the consequences that ". . . there is no morally important difference between killing and letting die; if one is permissible (or objectionable), then so is the other, and to the same degree" (p. 111). Brody takes the opposite position: While allowing someone to die may be morally
Life and Death Decision Making. Ann Intern Med. 1988;109:685. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-109-8-685_1
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