Artificial Feeding and Hydration in Advanced Illness

  • Porter Storey
Part of the Philosophy and Medicine book series (PHME, volume 41)


In most people’s final weeks of prolonged illness, their appetite and strength decline. In this culture, where we often show our affection and concern for each other with food, it is very distressing to see a loved one not eat. Many articles have been written on the question of whether it is ethical to withhold artificially administered food and fluids from dying patients. An important basis for making such decisions is the understanding of what such treatment entails (the “costs”) and how much good they do (the “benefits”). This is the subject of this essay.


Advance Illness Total Parenteral Nutrition Nasogastric Tube Tube Feeding Aspiration Pneumonia 
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