Medical Definition of Euthanasia, active

  • Medical Author:
    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.

Euthanasia, active: Euthanasia, active: The active acceleration of a "good" death by use of drugs etc, whether by oneself or with the aid of a doctor. Suicide, whether irrational or rational, for unrelated reasons is not euthanasia. Nor is the forced killing of another person.

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Reviewed on 12/31/2018

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