Living to the bitter end? A personalist approach to euthanasia in persons with severe dementia

Bioethics 24 (2):78-86 (2010)
  Copy   BIBTEX

Abstract

The number of people suffering from dementia will rise considerably in the years to come. This will have important implications for society. People suffering from dementia have to rely on relatives and professional caregivers when their disorder progresses. Some people want to determine for themselves their moment of death, if they should become demented. They think that the decline in personality caused by severe dementia is shocking and unacceptable. In this context, some people consider euthanasia as a way to avoid total deterioration. In this article, we discuss some practical and ethical dilemmas regarding euthanasia in persons with severe dementia based on an advance euthanasia directive. We are using a personalist approach in dealing with these ethical dilemmas

Links

PhilArchive



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 92,100

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Thinking Through Dementia.Julian C. Hughes - 2011 - Oxford University Press.
The medicalization of dying.Michael M. Burgess - 1993 - Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 18 (3):269-279.

Analytics

Added to PP
2009-02-17

Downloads
179 (#109,872)

6 months
10 (#272,213)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

References found in this work

No references found.

Add more references