On the ethics of withholding and withdrawing medical treatment

Abstract

A general rationale is presented for withholding and withdrawing medical treatment in end-of-life situations, and an argument is offered for the moral irrelevance of the distinction, both in the context of pharmaceutical treatments, such as chemotherapy in cancer, and in the context of life-sustaining treatments, such as the artificial ventilator in lateral amyotrophic sclerosis. It is argued that this practice is not equivalent to sanctioning voluntary active euthanasia and that it is not likely to favour it.

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2014-07-14
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Keywords:
Slippery slope, Withdrawing, Withholding, Voluntary active euthanasia
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Reichlin, M. (2014). On the ethics of withholding and withdrawing medical treatment. Multidisciplinary Respiratory Medicine, 9(1). https://doi.org/10.4081/mrm.2014.374