Journal of Religion and Health

, Volume 29, Issue 2, pp 125–137 | Cite as

The right to die at the end of your life

  • David Belgum


The Missouri case of Nancy Cruzan brings into sharp focus the medical ethics issue of the right to privacy. It also raises the need for definition of life ranging from cellular to personal. What is it about forced feeding that transforms it into an extraordinary means of nonfunctional treatment? There is the question of balancing benefit and cost (whether personal or financial). Currently we are confronted by the problem of balancing human rights violations against efforts to be “helpful” by the use of heroic medical measures, all of this against the background of ever-changing medical technology.


Ethic Issue Medical Ethic Medical Technology Medical Measure Sharp Focus 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • David Belgum
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  1. 1.University of Iowa School of Religion and College of Medicine in Iowa CityUSA

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