Cavanaugh, T.A.
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Thomas Anthony Cavanaugh is Professor of Philosophy at the University of San Francisco where he regularly teaches medical ethics. Hippocrates' Oath and Asclepius' Snake: The Birth of the Medical Profession (Oxford University Press, 2018) is his most recent book.


New! Why the Hippocratic Oath Prohibits Physician-Assisted Suicide

The Hippocratic Oath rightly prohibits doctors from giving deadly drugs, even if autonomous patients ask for them. By assisting in the suicide of a terminally ill patient who wants to determine the manner of his death, the physician inappropriately medicalizes mortality itself. He also jeopardizes the welfare of other vulnerable patients.

Date posted: 2019-12-02