Palliative Care and End of Life Decisions

Med Law Rev (2015) doi: 10.1093/medlaw/fwv035 First published online: August 27, 2015
Reviewer: Loane Skene
“Debates about end-of-life treatment are constant and often heated as sensitive decisions have to be made about the care to be provided to a growing population of ageing patients, some suffering untreatable pain or distress. …Smith’s beautifully presented book [Palliative Care and End of Life Decisions, New York Palgrave Pivot, 2013] is a valuable contribution to legal studies in this area because it presents a strong and coherent argument for the use of ‘terminal sedation’ for patients at the end of their lives, where they are suffering unbearable pain or distress that cannot be treated (pp. 48–50). Smith analyses legal and ethical principles to explain how the prospect of terminal sedation can be aligned with them to overcome potential legal objections.”
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