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Vol 7, No 3 (2008)
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Published online: 2008-10-10
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Withholding or withdrawing of medical treatment - historical perspective

Piotr Aszyk
Advances in Palliative Medicine 2008;7(3):101-106.

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Vol 7, No 3 (2008)
Review articles
Published online: 2008-10-10

Abstract

The issues of the ethical evaluation of withholding or withdrawing of medical treatment have been the subject of discussions among doctors, lawmakers, philosophers and theologians for centuries. Historical analyses have shown that there are two prominent traditions, which have, throughout the centuries, produced the most vital ideas concerning the matter in question. The first one relates to Hippocrates, the father of Hellenic medicine, the other to the Christian reflection on uses of medicine.

Abstract

The issues of the ethical evaluation of withholding or withdrawing of medical treatment have been the subject of discussions among doctors, lawmakers, philosophers and theologians for centuries. Historical analyses have shown that there are two prominent traditions, which have, throughout the centuries, produced the most vital ideas concerning the matter in question. The first one relates to Hippocrates, the father of Hellenic medicine, the other to the Christian reflection on uses of medicine.
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Keywords

medical futility; Hippocrates; ordinary and extraordinary remedies; ethics

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Title

Withholding or withdrawing of medical treatment - historical perspective

Journal

Advances in Palliative Medicine

Issue

Vol 7, No 3 (2008)

Pages

101-106

Published online

2008-10-10

Bibliographic record

Advances in Palliative Medicine 2008;7(3):101-106.

Keywords

medical futility
Hippocrates
ordinary and extraordinary remedies
ethics

Authors

Piotr Aszyk

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