• Aleksander Kitsera Danylo Halytsky Lviv National Medical University, Lviv, Ukraine
Keywords: euthanasia, suicide, end of life, physician assisted suicide, utilitarianism, terminal stage of the disease


The author – doctor and the high education teacher is trying to answer the painful question: Is euthanasia for incurable patients, crippled, mentally handicapped, unborn children with identifi ed prenatal defects in development, possible in modern world.The question also concerns the doctors participation admissibility in the voluntary departure of a person into eternity – a suicide. How can economic calculations and mental characteristics be applied to the estimation of assessing life value for persons with limited physical and/or mental capabilities, or to unborn children? What should the attitude model of a medical worker to a person be in the terminal phase of life? The author points on the medical ethic classics views and the views of philosophers, in particular, the economists-utilitarianists. He also stops on criticism of utilitarian approach to assessing the life value for the disabled person. According to the historical facts, works of literature, press publications, leading authorities of the Christian church statements, according to his own clinical experience, the author states that the deprivation of human life is incompatible with the medical worker ethics. His task is, above all, the fi ghting against the phenomenas that accompany the terminal stage of the disease and humiliate the patient’s human dignity.


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Kitsera A. THE RIGHT TO LIVE. THE RIGHT TO DIE. Proc Shevchenko Sci Soc Med Sci [Internet]. 2017Dec.29 [cited 2022Jul.2];50(2):69-4. Available from: