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Healthy RespectEthics in Health Care$
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R. S. Downie, K. C. Calman, Ruth A. K. Schröck, and Malcolm Macnaughton

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780192624086

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192624086.001.0001

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A Question of Dying

A Question of Dying

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(p.216) Chapter 16 A QUESTION OF DYING
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Healthy Respect
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R. S. Downie

K. C. Calman

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192624086.003.0017

There can be dispute about the definition of death, which can give rise to ethical problems about when a ventilator should be switched off. Resuscitation and when it should be attempted is a source of ethical dispute. Euthanasia is a source of continual dispute. Hospices can deal with only around 5% of the population. Should they be more available?

Keywords:   definition of death, ventilators, resuscitation, euthanasia, hospices

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