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A Question of Dying

R. S. Downie and K. C. Calman

in Healthy Respect

Second edition

Published in print May 1994 | ISBN: 9780192624086
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191723728 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192624086.003.0017
A Question of Dying

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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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Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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