double effect

The use of sedatives and analgesics—in particular narcotics—in terminally ill in doses high enough to both relieve pain and/or suffering—the ‘good’ effect—and hasten their demise—the ‘bad’ effect

double effect

Medical ethics The use in terminally ill Pts of sedative and analgesic dosages high enough to relieve both pain and suffering–the 'good' effect, and hasten their demise–the 'bad' effect. See Euthanasia.

double effect

In ethics, the doctrine or principle explaining under what conditions one may perform an act that has both good and bad consequences. In medicine, an example of the double effect is that the medications used in palliative care may have the side effect of hastening death even though the intent of the practitioner is to achieve relief of symptoms and not euthanasia.
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Hence they concluded, logically enough, that an acceleration of motion ought to be accompanied by a corresponding diminution in the distance separating the two bodies; and that, supposing the double effect to be continued to infinity, the moon would end by one day falling into the earth.
When the examples which fortify opinion are ANCIENT as well as NUMEROUS, they are known to have a double effect. In a nation of philosophers, this consideration ought to be disregarded.
He told reporter that the surging glacial melting had double effect along with below surface discharge of water at times the water outflow reduces the size of the glacial lake.
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The Young Earth will have a double effect," Cua explains.
In Moon Brow, the double effect is conveyed through a literary device that echoes both an older folkloric and Quranic reference and a newer, more fractured sensibility that conveys the effects of the narrator's PTSD--two angels (one, the angel of virtue, and the other, the angel of sin) sit on the shoulders of the protagonist, Amir Yamini, a wounded veteran of the Iran-Iraq War, and narrate his story in the twinning of his past and present.
If the Assembly does its job, it will create a double effect."
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The authors seek to do so in a new way, through modern ethical theory, paying particular attention to the Pauline principle--never do evil that good may come of it--and the theory of double effect. The authors take widely divergent tacks on the issue.