Sedation at the End-of-life: An Interdisciplinary Approach

  • Paulina Taboada

Part of the Philosophy and Medicine book series (PHME, volume 116)

Also part of the Catholic Studies in Bioethics book sub series (CSBE, volume 116)

About this book


The book’s main contribution is its interdisciplinary approach to the issue of sedation at the end-of-life. Because it occurs at the end of life, palliative sedation raises a number of important ethical and legal questions, including whether it is a covert form of euthanasia and for what purposes it may legally be used. Many of the book chapters address the first question and almost all deal with a specific form of the second: whether palliative sedation should be used for those experiencing “existential suffering”? This raises the question of what existential suffering is, a topic that is also discussed in the book. The different chapters address these issues from the perspectives of the relevant disciplines: Palliative Medicine, Bioethics, Law and Theology. Hence, helpful accounts of the clinical and historical background for this issue are provided and the importance of drawing accurate ethical and legal distinctions is stressed throughout the whole book. So the volume represents a valuable contribution to the emerging literature on this topic and should be helpful across a broad spectrum of readers: philosophers, theologians and physicians.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Paulina Taboada
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of Medicine, Centre for Bioethics and Department of Internal MedicinePontificia Universidad Católica de ChileSantiagoChile

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-94-017-9105-2
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-9106-9
  • Series Print ISSN 0376-7418
  • Series Online ISSN 2215-0080
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