EuthanasiaScience and Politics: An A-to-Z Guide to Issues and Controversies
Document TypeContribution to Book
AbstractEuthanasia, which literally means “good death,” is defined as intentionally taking one's life to relieve pain and suffering. There are two broad categories of euthanasia: passive and active. Passive euthanasia deals with a patient's right to withhold medical treatment, including nourishment and life-sustaining devices, with the intent of ending one's life. Active euthanasia is the liberty to take one's life when terminally ill and frequently is associated with doctor-assisted suicide.
EditorBrent S. Steel
PublisherCongressional Quarterly Press
Citation InformationHermann, J. R. (2014). Euthanasia. In B. S. Steel (Ed.), Science and politics: An A-to-Z guide to issues and controversies (pp. 197-201). Washington, D.C.: Congressional Quarterly Press.