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Medicine and Care of the Dying: A Modern History

Milton J. Lewis


There is a growing conflict in medicine between the research imperative, with its implicit goal of overcoming death itself, and the re-emergent clinical imperative to treat death as a part of life and to make the process of dying as tolerable as possible. Central to this conflict is the rise of scientific medicine and the decline of religious and associated discourses. Many Anglo Saxon countries are marked by a moral and religious pluralism that breeds controversy over bioethical issues such as euthanasia. Some scholars argue that modern medicine has put the cure of bodies before the care of p ... More

Keywords: medical research, dying, scientific medicine, religion, euthanasia, secular worldview, cancer, palliative care, Anglo Saxon, pain control

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780195175486
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195175486.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Milton J. Lewis, author
University of Sydney