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Medicina Legal de Costa Rica

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CAMPOS CALDERON, J. Federico; SANCHEZ ESCOBAR, Carlos  and  JARAMILLO LEZCANO, Omaira. Consideraciones acerca de la eutanasia. Med. leg. Costa Rica [online]. 2001, vol.18, n.1, pp.29-64. ISSN 2215-5287.

Euthanasia from the arcele "eu:  good; thanathos:  death".  A word adopted by the English Sir Francis Bacon in the  Fith Century as he studied the treatment of incuraba diseases.  This essay analites this topic from the dogmatic point of view and from compared law, especially in the regulations of Costa Rica, El Salvador and Panama.  The roll of the state is clearly defined as constitutive of the right of life and the right of death and the roll of the doctor in the euthanasia and the patient`s rights.

Keywords : Euthanasia; life; death; human dignity; patient`s rights; bioethics; medical moral; criminal consecuences.

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