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(Latin: vitalis, of life) The contemporary ethical system that states that all human life must be preserved, regardless of cost or burden to the patient or his family. The Church recognizes that medical treatments have their limits; hence, extraordinary measures need not be accepted. The charge of vitalism is used in debates by advocates of euthanasia who attempt to disparage another's legitimate concern for human life.

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