Essay by chawawwa33University, Bachelor's October 2004

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Euthanasia has been an extensive and hot topic for discussion in the basis of morality and health care services. First, we must have a clear concept on what euthanasia actually is. The term "euthanasia" is originated from Greek language. "Eu" means "good" whereas "thanatos" means "death". By combining both meanings, the word "euthanasia" means "easy, painless death". There are two types of euthanasia - voluntary and involuntary. Voluntary euthanasia involves the request of the patient for ending his or her life according to his or her will. On the other hand, involuntary euthanasia is known as the termination of a patient's life without knowing his or her will when the patient is in a state of incapability to express it under certain circumstances such as in a comatose state. The methods employed to end a patient's life are also categorized into active or passive forms. The active form requires assistance of additional means to accelerate the death of patient.

The passive form is performed based on the withdrawal of treatment and medications, life support equipment and may stop food and water to allow the patient starve or dehydrate to death.

Most of the time when making decisions, people are under the situation of a critical dilemma. In the case of Liang Wanshan, he was facing the dilemma of sustaining his comatose mother's life and financial hardship. He could only choose to fulfill either one of the occasions. If he chose to continue sustaining his mother's life, he would probably face difficulties in his living since the cost of medication was so expensive, together that he was unemployed and already at a quite old age of 67. However, if Liang chose to end his mother's life, he could also face the difficulties in his living but surely to a lesser...