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《莊子》生死觀對臨終者的生命關懷, Cuiting Chen Jan 2016

《莊子》生死觀對臨終者的生命關懷, Cuiting Chen

International Journal of Chinese & Comparative Philosophy of Medicine

Two major issues in hospice care are pain and death. For those who are facing death and dying, the issues are intensified. This paper discusses the issues relating to death and hospice care in a framework of the Daoist philosophy on life and death, as outlined in the Zhuangzi. The author attempts to show that the wisdom of Daoism can help us to deal with the finitude and vulnerability of human life when facing death. According to the Zhuangzi, the world of experience is constantly transforming and death is part of that transformation. Therefore, it is possible for the adaptive ...


靈魂存在嗎?——瀕死經驗的啟示, Kai Man Kwan Jan 2016

靈魂存在嗎?——瀕死經驗的啟示, Kai Man Kwan

International Journal of Chinese & Comparative Philosophy of Medicine

Do human beings have a soul? The philosophical debate between materialism and dualism is highly complex, and it is difficult for one side to convince the other. Due to advances in modern medicine, we now have much more research on the phenomena of near-death experiences (NDEs), and these new data provide more information to settle this debate. If some NDEs were shown to be veridical, it would pose a challenge to materialism.

This paper is the first to argue that the understanding of NDEs is in fact very relevant to medical care, especially the care of terminally ill patients. I ...


大乘中觀哲學的生死觀, Ellen Y. Zhang Jan 2016

大乘中觀哲學的生死觀, Ellen Y. Zhang

International Journal of Chinese & Comparative Philosophy of Medicine

Death is one of the major issues for all religious traditions; it is especially so for Buddhism, as Buddhist teaching is centered upon death and the impermanence of life. This essay discusses death and dying from the framework of the philosophy of life and death, as outlined in the Māhayānic Buddhism of China. The discussion centers on early Madhyāmika Buddhism and its non-dualist approach to samsara and nirvana, this world and the other world, and life and death. The essay shows that the notions of reincarnation and karmic action offer an alternative perspective on the finitude of human existence and ...


“ 美人魚”男嬰事件之我見, Yingmei Sun Jan 2008

“ 美人魚”男嬰事件之我見, Yingmei Sun

International Journal of Chinese & Comparative Philosophy of Medicine

“Mermaid” syndrome is a rare medical condition in which an infant is born with his/her legs fused together from trunk to heels.“ Mermaid” syndrome is almost always fatal within days of birth due to serious defects in vital organs and complications associated with abnormal kidney and bladder development. In 2006 a male baby with a“ mermaid” syndrome was born in the Hunan Provincial Children’s Hospital in central China. Doctors tried to keep the baby alive with all kinds of means, even though the baby had a slim chance to survive. The case gives rise to a heated debate ...


《莊子》的生命倫理觀與臨終關懷, Ellen Y. Zhang Jan 2008

《莊子》的生命倫理觀與臨終關懷, Ellen Y. Zhang

International Journal of Chinese & Comparative Philosophy of Medicine

In the past, the term “hospice” was rooted in the centuries-old idea of offering a place of shelter and rest, or “hospitality,” to weary and sick travelers on long journeys. In 1967, Dame Cicely Saunders first applied the term “hospice” to the specialized care of dying patients at St. Christopher's Hospice in London. In the contemporary world, hospice care now refers to care that is targeted specifically at terminally ill patients. Sometimes called “end-of-life” care, hospices aim to provide humane and compassionate care for people in the last phases of an incurable disease, so that they may live as ...


死亡概念的綜合考慮, Tangjia Wang Jan 2002

死亡概念的綜合考慮, Tangjia Wang

International Journal of Chinese & Comparative Philosophy of Medicine

The term "science of death" appeared at one time in ancient Greece. Socrates even said that "philosophy is a practice of death". However, although death has been viewed as an important subject in many fields of cultural studies, a science of death in the strict sense of the terminology has not come into being due to the lack of a rational and sophisticated methodology as well as an organic combination of theoretical speculation and empirical research. Up to date we have not even succeeded in coming up with a relatively comprehensive conception of what death means, even though we can ...


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 ...


道德生死觀下的臨終關懷辨析, Ping Dong, Xiaoyan Wang Jan 1998

道德生死觀下的臨終關懷辨析, Ping Dong, Xiaoyan Wang

International Journal of Chinese & Comparative Philosophy of Medicine

In confronting death there are differences among people regarding their deep concerns. A survey shows that most Chinese Catholics are worried about what will happen to them after death, whereas most other Chinese are concerned about unfinished life plans, unfulfilled familial obligations, and so on. However, most Western and Chinese authors agree that a great number of terminally ill patients suffer from anxiety, sadness, and depression. And no one denies that unease, puzzle, solitude, and even anger are often experienced by many dying patients. Against this background, this essay argues that the mental sufferings of terminally ill patients can appropriately ...