Death With Dignity and the Right to Die: Sometimes Doctors Have a Duty to Hasten Death
Miller, Phillip J.
Journal of Medical Ethics. 1987 Jun; 13(2): 81-85.
As the single most important experience in the lives of all people, the process and event of death must be handled carefully by the medical community. Twentieth-century advances in life-sustaining technology impose new areas of concern on those who are responsible for dying persons. Physicians and surrogates alike must be ready and willing to decide not to intervene in the dying process, indeed to hasten it, when they see the autonomy and dignity of patients threatened. In addition, the very ways we talk about death and dying need to come under scrutiny, and it is likely that our technical advances should be paralleled by equally arduous advances in the semantic and rhetorical approaches we take to death.
Active Euthanasia; Allowing to Die; Attitudes; Attitudes to Death; Autonomy; Biomedical Technologies; Competence; Consent; Death; Decision Making; Doctors; Euthanasia; Humanism; Life; Patients; Persistent Vegetative State; Physicians; Prolongation of Life; Quality of Life; Right to Die; Rights; Technology; Terminal Care; Terminally Ill; Values; Withholding Treatment;
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