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JSTOR Presents: The Euthanasia Movement: A History & Discussion by Anna Hiatt
Date: Thursday, May 12th Time: 7pm Admission: $8 Location: Morbid Anatomy Museum, 424 Third Avenue, 11215 Brooklyn NY
The idea that death should be merciful is not new. When a person is gravely wounded or terminally ill, when death is inevitable, and the suffering is so great that living no longer brings any joy to the person, it is understandable that he or she may wish to die. InTwo Pioneers of Euthanasia Around 1800, Michael Stolberg citesaccounts of people pulling on the legs of those who had been hanged, but had not yet died, to hasten their deaths. He mentions alsoApologie, the autobiography of a French surgeon named Ambroise Paré who happened upon three gravely wounded soldiers. An uninjured soldier asked the surgeon if they would live, to which he responded they would not. The uninjured soldier proceeded to slit their throats/.../.