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PHLB09H3 Lecture Notes - Palliative Sedation


Department
Philosophy
Course Code
PHLB09H3
Professor
Kelin Emmett

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Biomedical - Session 8
Dax’s case
main grievance
lack of respect from physicians
towards decisions and autonomy
physicians
thought that there was a good chance to save his life
requested assisted-suicide
moral implications
at first, Dax was not competent
requests for assisted-suicide were refused
afterwards, Dax was deemed competent
requests for assisted-suicide were refused
controversy
eventually competent, but denied assisted-suicide
mother was the surrogate decision maker
do not justify the means
it’s his decision, not anybody else’s
competence
important for informed consent
life-extension technologies
lots of moral dilemmas
before, a sick patient would quickly die
(ethical issues)
beneficial
burdens and suffering
ex. chronic illnesses
family, not just the society or patient
experience benefits and burdens
worry regarding life-extension
death with dignity
ex. hooked up (to machines)
cannot die with clarity of mind
ex. (anti-pain) drugs
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