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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

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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.

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Cicely Saunders

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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198570530.003.0021

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

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