Death's Dominion: Ethics at the End of Life by Simon Woods
Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy
"The text of this book is accessible, the philosophical and ethical arguments are clearly articulated, and relevant ethical principles are integrated into the critique of the issues, making this a very useful book for nurses working in palliative as well as in general care."
"It is crucially important for any student or researcher who is seriously consideringethical and policy matters at the end of life to embrace and tackle intellectually the issues that Woods raises in this book. I would happily recommend it."
Journal of Medical Ethics
- What constitutes a good death?
- Is it possible to arrange a good death?
- Is killing compatible with caring?
- Withholding and withdrawing treatment
- Euthanasia and assisted suicide
- Terminal sedation
- The role of autonomy
- Palliative care
Consideration is also given to future developments such as life extension techniques and the ethical questions that that these techniques might raise. As such, the book follows in the ongoing philosophical tradition to critique and analyse current thought on the topic of death, encouraging self-reflection in the reader and offering suggestions for practice in end-of-life care.
Death's Dominion is key reading for students and professionals involved in care of the dying, as well as those with an interest in the philosophical issues surrounding end-of-life care.