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Reply to critics

Fiona Randall and R.S. Downie

in Palliative Care Ethics

Second edition

Published in print June 1999 | ISBN: 9780192630681
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191730078 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192630681.003.0013
Reply to critics

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This chapter presents a reply to critics. This is less because the authors wish to be defensive about the book than because the reviewers have pointed to areas of important controversy in palliative care. There are three such areas: a more detailed discussion regarding withholding and withdrawing life-prolonging treatment; the moral problems of giving overriding power to the principle of respect for the patient's autonomy; and the provision of spiritual and emotional care.

Keywords: killing; letting die; patient autonomy; emotional care; spiritual care

Chapter.  7333 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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