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Bioethics. 2017 Sep;31(7):526-533. doi: 10.1111/bioe.12368.

Euthanasia and cryothanasia.

Abstract

In this article we discuss the moral and legal aspects of causing the death of a terminal patient in the hope of extending their life in the future. We call this theoretical procedure cryothanasia. We argue that administering cryothanasia is ethically different from administering euthanasia. Consequently, objections to euthanasia should not apply to cryothanasia, and cryothanasia could also be considered a legal option where euthanasia is illegal.

KEYWORDS:

cryonics; cryothanasia; euthanasia

PMID:
28786175
DOI:
10.1111/bioe.12368
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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