Dr. (Death) Kevorkian Dies

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  1. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Any thoughts on how history will treat him?

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    I'd imagine he will be treated no differently in the future. Half on one side of the fence, half on the other.
     
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    Yep, PRSI in 10, 9, 8, ... ;)

    He did what he strongly believed in. Who can do better?
     
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    hitler
     
  6. obeygiant macrumors 68040

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    I saw the movie You Don't Know Jack a little while ago. Kind of a "pride goes before the fall" ending.

    Not sure how history will treat him.
     
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    I hope he's remembered as a positive person in history. People should be allowed to die with some dignity, not to mention all the money we spend on healthcare in the last months of people's lives.

    OK, now PRSI it. Don't see how this ever could stay in Current Events.
     
  8. yg17 macrumors G5

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    Hopefully he'll be treated as a hero.
     
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    Not even remotely a funny comparison.
     
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    No absolutely not. A shameful thing to say!

    I think the guy was incredibly brave and I would hope that someone would show the same compassion and moral fortitude towards me should the need arise.
     
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    Kevorkian had a belief in allowing people to die, I think part of what he did was to spite the law. I agree with letting someone die if that is their wish when all else fails. Not sure I agree with the way he went about doing it.
     
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    You'll be tasting it too someday. We all will.

    Most of us would just rather not be tortured on our way there with machines that keep us alive when there is no hope of recovery.
     
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    I was going to type something similar.

    I hope that it never comes to this, but if I'm suffering and in pain at the end of my life, I hope to be able to have the choice of ending it on my terms.

    As yg17 said:
     
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    It depends on which attitudes prevail. If I understand it correctly, anti-suicide feelings are mostly religious based as in "what would God expect"?. However dieing with dignity, under your own terms is an admirable thing imo. We are all going to die, I see no reason why the reported "God" would be bothered by a human being not sticking life out to the very last dreadful moment. All the sooner to arrive at the big Part-A above! ;)
     
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    I work in a hospital. I see people every single day that are dying. The toll it takes on those people and their families ... it's painful.

    In terminal cases where the quality of life is poor, I am in favor of those patients being given a choice. Who are we to tell them to suffer?
     
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    I am fairly certain history will see him as someone ahead of his time.

    it seems pretty obvious to me that people should be allowed to decide if they want to go with dignity, and I think it's unavoidable that as society progresses it will become the default position. therefore if doctors are willing/able to help them do so in a more humane way that should be ok.

    I always found the arguments against euthanasia as weak at best and completely ridiculous in many cases.
     
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    Very well said.

    I hope that comes the day I am in such a position I will be given a choice and not have to rely on my loved ones to act "illegally".

    Why force us to fly off to Switzerland and go die in a clinical white room? No offence, to any Swiss members here, but its not really where I'd want to die. :)

    I can hear the religious right(ous) shrieking now about the sanctity of life… suffer baby suffer.
     
  18. Dr Kevorkian94, Jun 3, 2011
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    U know for me it's best not to say anything lol, but i am related to him. He is my grandfathers cousin, im not going to put forth my views or what I think of him but I will say that he did what he believed.
     
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    You can just move to Oregon, where assisted suicide is legal.
     
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    Classy. A man who fought for patient's rights dies and you poke fun and compre him to Hitler.
    Well said, Lee.

    I was unaware of this. Hopefully I won't have to take advantage of that particular law any time soon.
     
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    I saw the HBO documentary 'How to Die in Oregon' it's really good and emotional, if you can watch it, you should.
     
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    It's a sad day for me. I agree that he will be considered a man ahead of his time- I think in 50 years assisted suicide will be a fairly brash term, and that the process of ending one's own life peacefully will be a relatively common practice.

    I also recommend "You don't know Jack," it's a great film.

    I'll definitely be checking out "How To Die In Oregon." Here's a trailer/intro:

    http://blogs.courant.com/rick_green/2011/01/how-to-die-in-oregon-watch-the.html
     
  23. Thomas Veil macrumors 68020

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    How will history treat him?

    Short term: controversial. Long term: a pioneer in a practice which will someday be commonplace and medically accepted.
     
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    Killing people is God's job...


    Personally, I think Kevorkian did well. He enabled people to end their lives when they wished to, preserving their dignity. That is a good thing.
     
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    Did he use a revolver, or an automatic? :rolleyes:
     

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