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Assisted Death: A Study in Ethics and Law

L. W. Sumner


Ethical and legal issues concerning assisted suicide and euthanasia are very much on the public agenda in many jurisdictions. This book addresses these issues within the wider context of palliative care for patients in the dying process. Its ethical conclusion is that a bright line between assisted death and other widely accepted end‐of‐life practices, including the withdrawal of life‐sustaining treatment, pain control through high‐dose opioids, and terminal sedation, cannot be justified. In the course of the ethical argument many familiar themes are given careful and thorough treatment: conce ... More

Keywords: death, end‐of‐life measures, palliative care, informed consent, treatment refusal, pain control, terminal sedation, assisted suicide, euthanasia, assisted death

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Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199607983
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199607983.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

L. W. Sumner, author
Professor Emeritus, University of Toronto

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