Reflections on Society, Medicine and Death

Chisholm Health Ethics Bulletin 12 (2):9 (2006)
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Abstract

Moates, Anne Philosophers and followers of various faiths have long debated the meaning of life and death. Death's one constant is that it is everyone's last act. What is variable is how one views death. Whatever one's belief there are considerable efforts made to delay death, so much so, that in Western Society, in particular, a death is often viewed as a type of failure. There is so much emphasis on the importance of life and living up to our potential that we have deprived death of meaning and allowed this parting from life to be medicalised

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