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Exposition A Disease Of The Disabled Essay

897 words - 4 pages

Dhruv Kumar
English communications: exposition
Imagine if while sitting outside in the verandah reading a book, an annoying fly lands on your nose. Imagine it crawling all over your face, wouldn’t that be irritating? Now imagine if you couldn’t even lift your hand and shoo it away. Imagine how it would feel if you couldn’t feel any of your toes and fingers, if you couldn’t control any muscle in your body voluntarily. This is exactly how a paralysed person or a patient suffering from a neuro-muscular disorder feels. In such cases euthanasia is the best gift anyone can give these patients, causing an end to all their suffering. Euthanasia refers to the process of clinically terminating life ...view middle of the document...

In some cases it is impossible for patients to perform simple actions like blinking their eyes, or even control their bladder muscles, actions that we take for granted. We cannot even imagine how humiliating it is for these people to perform simple tasks. Is it acceptable to keep such people alive forcefully?

Many people advocate the wonders of modern medical science, however these people fail to accept the limitations of the technology we have today. Doctors are still unable to cure conditions such as Down’s syndrome, cancer and paralysis with the equipment available in today’s world. Giving terminally ill patients a false hope of miraculous recovery is not something a responsible doctor should do. Current laws are just increasing the intensity of their pain and suffering instead of assisting in making the remainder of their lives easier and more peaceful. Over time the Hippocratic Oath has been modified and amended on a number of occasions as some of its principles and doctrines became less and less acceptable. References to women not studying medicine and doctors not breaking the skin have been deleted. The much-quoted reference to 'do no harm' is also in need of explanation. Does not doing harm mean that we should prolong a life that the patient sees as a painful burden? Surely, the 'harm' in this instance is done when we prolong the life, and 'doing no harm' means that we should help the patient die.

In some parts of the world such as Switzerland, the pride, dignity and honour of peoples is preserved and they are given...

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