Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Cicely SaundersSelected Writings 1958-2004$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Cicely Saunders

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780198570530

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198570530.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (oxford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 24 July 2021

The Problem of Euthanasia (Care of the Dying—1)

The Problem of Euthanasia (Care of the Dying—1)

First published in Nursing Times, vol. 72, no. 26 (1 July 1976), pp. 1003–5, updated from her booklet Care of the Dying and originally published in Nursing Times in 1959.

(p.133) 21 The Problem of Euthanasia (Care of the Dying—1)
Cicely Saunders

Cicely Saunders

Oxford University Press

1976 saw the republication and updating of the series of articles that had originally appeared in Nursing Times in 1959. Rather than concentrate on assertion and counter-assertion, the article focuses on the argument that people are suffering when they need not. It is noted that there have been many therapeutic advances in the seventeen years since the articles were written, and some add to the problems — particularly when no clear rationale for continuing treatment exists. It introduces the notion of ‘living wills’, ‘furore therapeutics’, and ‘meddlesome medicine’. Much more thought and consultation is required on the question of euthanasia and in particular two additional questions need to be answered: ‘Do patients ask for euthanasia’? and ‘What would they do and feel if mercy killing became a legal option’?

Keywords:   Nursing Times, mercy killing, meddlesome medicine, living wills, furore therapeutics, euthanasia

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .