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Euthanasia and the best Interest of the Patient: Legal Consensus on the Medical Rules of Professional Conduct

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Abstract

Euthanasia is the act of putting a person painlessly to death as an act of mercy.  However, there is need to curtail the abuse of equivocal confidence enjoyed by doctor’s patients. There is also need to ensure optimal care by medical doctors. Hence some rules of law were formulated to serve as guides in directing the services of medical doctors towards their patients.  The objective of this paper is to examine the medical rules of professional conduct and the oath that enjoin medical doctors neither to give a deadly drug to anybody who ask  for it or make a suggestion to that effect.  The researcher adopted the doctrinal and non doctrinal methods of research.  The author concludes that it is in the best interest of the suffering and pain stricken patient that euthanasia be administered.

Authors: B. O. Alloh