Terminally Ill Patients and Artificial Hydration

A discussion of the rights of terminally ill patients to choose to not be artificially hydrated to keep them alive.

The purpose of this study is to determine to what extent is withdrawing or withholding artificial hydration justified and what are the implications of this for the patient. A summary of the study and reflections on the research is provided in the conclusion.

Review and Discussion
Implications of Physician-Assisted Suicide
Artificial Hydration and Relationship to Terminally Ill
“Today, medical knowledge is doubling every eight years; in fact, half of what students learn in their freshman year about the cutting edge of science and technology is obsolete, revised, or taken for granted by their senior year (Cetron & Davies, 2003). Modern innovations in medicine, such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation (which restores regular rhythm to an arrhythmic or failed heart) and mechanical respirators (which breathe for patients unable to expand their lungs) have in many cases been able to postpone a death that previously had been imminent.”

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