Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Euthanasia (Gk. eu, well, tltanatos, death). About 1873 it was proposed that in all cases of incurable disease it should be the recognised duty of the medical attendant painlessly to put the sufferer to death. But there are obvious objections to it, grounded especially on its ethical dangers. , The word is older in the sense of a painless death.