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Is continuous sedation at the end of life an ethically preferable alternative to physician-assisted suicide?
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PMID:  21678215     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
The relatively new practice of continuous sedation at the end of life (CS) is increasingly being debated in the clinical and ethical literature. This practice received much attention when a U.S. Supreme Court ruling noted that the availability of CS made legalization of physician-assisted suicide (PAS) unnecessary, as CS could alleviate even the most severe suffering. This view has been widely adopted. In this article, we perform an in-depth analysis of four versions of this "argument of preferable alternative." Our goal is to determine the extent to which CS can be considered to be an alternative to PAS and to identify the grounds, if any, on which CS may be ethically preferable to PAS.
Kasper Raus; Sigrid Sterckx; Freddy Mortier
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The American journal of bioethics : AJOB     Volume:  11     ISSN:  1536-0075     ISO Abbreviation:  Am J Bioeth     Publication Date:  2011 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-06-16     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100898738     Medline TA:  Am J Bioeth     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  32-40     Citation Subset:  E; IM    
Ghent University.
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