Terminal sedation, euthanasia, and causal roles.

  title={Terminal sedation, euthanasia, and causal roles.},
  author={Dieter Birnbacher},
  journal={MedGenMed : Medscape general medicine},
  volume={9 2},
When terminal sedation is made the object of bioethical discussion, it is mostly in a way that a literary critic might call synecdochal: A part is taken for the whole. What is made the object of discussion is a whole of which terminal sedation is only a part. Not unlike discussions of prenatal diagnosis or preimplantation diagnosis, it is only the combination with other medical behaviors that creates ethical problems. In the case of terminal sedation, it is the combination with the termination… CONTINUE READING

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