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Hong Kong Baptist University

2000

放棄治療

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倫理學的辯護和支持:放棄治療, Zhizheng Du Jan 2000

倫理學的辯護和支持:放棄治療, Zhizheng Du

International Journal of Chinese & Comparative Philosophy of Medicine

Many believe that giving up treatment always conflicts with physicians' duty and responsibility. However, although societies have achieved the rapid advancing of medical sciences and technologies, and although patients and families sometimes want to maintain life-sustaining interventions at any cost, renunciation of futile treatment remains an unavoidable issue facing physicians in their clinical practice. This is especially the case for Chinese society today. This paper argues that withdrawing life-sustaining therapy is not always opposite to moral requirement.

Specifically, the paper explores the following important issues around the decision making of renouncing treatment. First, in what medical situation does the patient ...


臨終關懷--放棄治療的觀念, Xianwu Men Jan 2000

臨終關懷--放棄治療的觀念, Xianwu Men

International Journal of Chinese & Comparative Philosophy of Medicine

Medical treatment is rarely useless in an absolute sense. It is often beneficial and harmful to an extent. This is why withdrawing treatment is a difficult issue. If treatment is entirely futile, then there would not be a painful debate regarding weather treatment should be stopped. This paper explores the complicated issues of withdrawing treatment in the care of terminally ill patients.

This paper argues for a shift of concept regarding terminally ill patients. For terminally ill patients, 'cure' or 'medical treatment' in its general medical sense is actually no longer possible in medical practice. Therefore, the real issue involved ...