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Vol 7, No 3 (2008)
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Published online: 2008-10-10
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The issue of overzealous treatment in view of Church’s Magisterium

Marian Machinek
Advances in Palliative Medicine 2008;7(3):107-114.

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

Abstract

The essential feature of the statements made by the Magisterium of the Catholic Church, concerning ethical issues of futile therapy is the constant reference to the value of life, interpreted as a gift and mission. Recognising the autonomy of the patient to decide on the scope of therapeutic actions in view of approaching death, is limited in the situation where medical personnel are required to perform or abandon actions of a strictly suicidal character. Alleviating symptoms and the conscious shaping of the last moments of life in a manner, which satisfies human dignity, remains an essential mission for every believer, but also a challenge to health care workers.

Abstract

The essential feature of the statements made by the Magisterium of the Catholic Church, concerning ethical issues of futile therapy is the constant reference to the value of life, interpreted as a gift and mission. Recognising the autonomy of the patient to decide on the scope of therapeutic actions in view of approaching death, is limited in the situation where medical personnel are required to perform or abandon actions of a strictly suicidal character. Alleviating symptoms and the conscious shaping of the last moments of life in a manner, which satisfies human dignity, remains an essential mission for every believer, but also a challenge to health care workers.
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Keywords

magisterium; medical futility; the value of life; basic care; accompanying the dying; dignity; euthanasia

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Title

The issue of overzealous treatment in view of Church’s Magisterium

Journal

Advances in Palliative Medicine

Issue

Vol 7, No 3 (2008)

Pages

107-114

Published online

2008-10-10

Bibliographic record

Advances in Palliative Medicine 2008;7(3):107-114.

Keywords

magisterium
medical futility
the value of life
basic care
accompanying the dying
dignity
euthanasia

Authors

Marian Machinek

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