Terminal Sedation: Euthanasia in Disguise?

  • Torbjörn Tännsjö

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Timothy E. Quill, Bernard Lo, Dan W. Brock
    Pages 1-14
  3. Torbjörn Tännsjö
    Pages 15-30
  4. Gunnar Eckerdal, Bräcke Hospice
    Pages 37-41
  5. Simon Woods
    Pages 43-56
  6. Helga Kuhse
    Pages 57-70
  7. Daniel Callahan
    Pages 93-102
  8. Johannes J. M. Van Delden
    Pages 103-113
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 127-148

About this book


TERMINAL SEDATION DURING THE 1990s During the 1990s a discussion took place in scholarly journals concerning a measure within palliative care that had earlier attracted little attention, to wit, the sedation of dying patients. There seem to have been two main reasons why the practice came under debate. On the one hand, some people felt that, when palliative medicine had advanced and methods to control symptoms had improved, it was no longer justified to sedate the patients in a manner that had often been done in the past. The system of 1 terminal sedation had turned into ‘euthanasia in disguise’ or ‘slow euthanasia’. On the other hand, there were people sympathetic to the recently established Dutch system of euthanasia, people who agreed that terminal sedation was euthanasia in disguise, but who felt that, if it is not objectionable to sedate dying patients at their request, then why should it not be permitted for doctors to kill dying patients at 2 request? From these two motives a discussion about terminal sedation gained momentum. The intention behind this anthology is to continue and deepen this discussion. The anthology starts off with a chapter where an influential article from the 1990s has been reprinted.


Medical Ethics ethics morality nursing palliative medicine

Editors and affiliations

  • Torbjörn Tännsjö
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyStockholm UniversitySweden

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2004
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-6594-0
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4020-2124-4
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