Accounting for personhood in palliative sedation: the Ring Theory of Personhood.

@article{Krishna2014AccountingFP,
  title={Accounting for personhood in palliative sedation: the Ring Theory of Personhood.},
  author={Lalit Kumar Radha Krishna},
  journal={Medical humanities},
  year={2014},
  volume={40 1},
  pages={17-21}
}
Application of sedation at the end of life has been fraught with ethical and clinical concerns, primarily focused on its potential to hasten death. However, in the face of clinical data that assuage most of these concerns, a new threat to this treatment of last resort has arisen. Concern now pivots on its effects on the personhood of the patient, underpinned by the manner in which personhood has been conceptualised. For many authors, it is consciousness that is seen to be the seat of personhood… CONTINUE READING