Ian Dowbiggin, PhD, Professor of History at the University of Prince Edward Island, wrote in his 2005 book A Concise History of Euthanasia: Life, Death, God, and Medicine:

“The influential scientist and philosopher Francis Bacon (1561-1626)… was the first in history since Roman historian Suetonius (c. 70-140 AD)… to use the term ‘euthanasia’… [B]oth Bacon and Suetonius employed the word in its etymological meaning, that is, to signify an easy death through the mitigation of pain rather than a death hastened by a physician through the administration of poison.”