Euthanasia, 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.
EuthanasiaScience and Politics: An A-to-Z Guide to Issues and Controversies
Document TypeContribution to Book
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.