Exploring the option of voluntarily stopping eating and drinking within the context of a suffering patient's request for a hastened death.

@article{Schwarz2007ExploringTO,
  title={Exploring the option of voluntarily stopping eating and drinking within the context of a suffering patient's request for a hastened death.},
  author={Judith Kennedy Schwarz},
  journal={Journal of palliative medicine},
  year={2007},
  volume={10 6},
  pages={1288-97}
}
There is an acknowledged difficulty in distinguishing between some morally and legally accepted acts that hasten dying, such as refusing life-sustaining treatment, and other acts that also hasten dying that are labeled as acts of "suicide." Recent empirical findings suggest that most terminally ill and suffering patients who voluntarily chose to stop eating and drinking as a means to hasten their dying generally experienced a "good" death. This paper explores the moral and legal status of a… CONTINUE READING

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