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Terminal Sedation : Euthanasia in Disguise? - Torbjorn Tannsjo

Terminal Sedation

Euthanasia in Disguise?

By: Torbjorn Tannsjo (Editor)

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TERMINAL SEDATION DURING THE 1990s During the 1990s a discussion took place in scholarly journals concerning a measure within palliative care that had earlier attracted little attention, to wit, the sedation of dying patients. There seem to have been two main reasons why the practice came under debate. On the one hand, some people felt that, when palliative medicine had advanced and methods to control symptoms had improved, it was no longer justified to sedate the patients in a manner that had often been done in the past. The system of 1 terminal sedation had turned into 'euthanasia in disguise' or 'slow euthanasia'. On the other hand, there were people sympathetic to the recently established Dutch system of euthanasia, people who agreed that terminal sedation was euthanasia in disguise, but who felt that, if it is not objectionable to sedate dying patients at their request, then why should it not be permitted for doctors to kill dying patients at 2 request? From these two motives a discussion about terminal sedation gained momentum. The intention behind this anthology is to continue and deepen this discussion. The anthology starts off with a chapter where an influential article from the 1990s has been reprinted.

Acknowledgementsp. ix
The contributorsp. xi
Introductionp. xiii
Palliative Options of Last Resortp. 1
Terminal Sedation A Substitute for Euthanasia?p. 15
Sedation--Unconsciousness--Anaesthesia! What are We Talking About?p. 31
Sedation in Palliative Care--The Doctor's Perspectivep. 37
Terminal Sedation: A Nursing Perspectivep. 43
Why Terminal Sedation Is No Solution to the Voluntary Euthanasia Debatep. 57
Terminal Sedation From a Moral Right's Perspectivep. 71
Terminal Sedation and Sanctity-of-Life in Medicinep. 81
Terminal Sedation and the Artefactual Fallacyp. 93
Terminal Sedation: Different Practices, Different Evaluationsp. 103
The Sanctity-of-Life and the Active/Passive Distinctionp. 115
Appendixp. 127
Bibliographyp. 141
Indexp. 145
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ISBN: 9781402021237
ISBN-10: 1402021232
Series: Developments in Hydrobiology
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 148
Published: 31st May 2004
Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 27.9 x 21.0  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.94