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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 ...