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Hong Kong Baptist University

2000

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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 ...