Sedation, Suicide, and the Limits of Ethics

Sedation, Suicide, and the Limits of Ethics

by James A. Dunson


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In this book, James Dunson explores end-of-life ethics including physician-assisted suicide (PAS) and continuous sedation until death. He argues that ethical debates currently ignore the experience of the dying patient in an effort to focus on policy creation, and proposes that the dying experience should instead be prioritized and used to inform policy development. The author makes the case that PAS should be recognized as a legally and morally permissible option for a very particular kind of patient: terminally ill with fewer than six months to live and capable of conscious consent. Since focusing on the patient's experience of this end-of-life dilemma transforms some of the basic concepts we use to engage in the PAS debate, the argument has implications for patient care and the training of medical professionals.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780739199213
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication date: 12/20/2017
Pages: 142
Sales rank: 480,774
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

James A. Dunson III is associate professor of philosophy at Xavier University of Louisiana.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: An Alternative Defense of Physician-Assisted Suicide
Chapter 2: Ready to Die—An Existential Dilemma
Chapter 3: Using and Abusing the Doctrine of Double Effect
Chapter 4: On Suicide, Acceptance, and Control
Chapter 5: Bones, Sinews, and the Self
Chapter 6: Pedagogy and the Limits of Ethics

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