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Title Artificial nutrition and hydration and the permanently unconscious patient : the Catholic debate / Ronald P. Hamel, James J. Walter, editors
Published Washington, D.C. : Georgetown University Press, ©2007


Description 1 online resource (ix, 294 pages)
Contents Position of the American Academy of Neurology on certain aspects of the care and management of the persistent vegetative state patient / American Academy of Neurology -- Feeding tubes : sorting out the issues / Myles N. Sheehan -- Catholic teaching on prolonging life : setting the record straight / Michael R. Panicola -- A history of ordinary and extraordinary means / Donald E. Henke -- Must we preserve life? / Ronald Hamel and Michael Panicola -- The prolongation of life / Pope Pius XII -- Declaration on euthanasia / Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith -- The artificial prolongation of life / Pontifical Academy of Sciences -- On withdrawing artificial nutrition and hydration / Texas bishops and the Texas Conference of Catholic Health Facilities -- Nutrition and hydration : moral and pastoral reflections / National Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee for Pro-Life Activities -- Ethical and religious directives : introduction to Part V and Directives 57-58 / United States Conference of Catholic Bishops -- The PVS patient and the forgoing/withdrawing of medical nutrition and hydration / Thomas A. Shannon and James J. Walter -- Should nutrition and hydration be provided to permanently unconscious and other mentally disabled persons? / Germain Grisez -- End-of-life care revisited / Daniel P. Sulmasy -- Care for patients in a "permanent" vegetative state / Pope John Paul II -- John Paul II on the "vegetative state" / Richard M. Doerflinger -- Medically assisted nutrition and hydration : a contribution to the dialogue / Mark Repenshek and John Paul Slosar -- Assisted nutrition and hydration and the Catholic tradition / Thomas A. Shannon and James J. Walter -- Reflections on the papal allocution concerning care for persistent vegetative state patients / Kevin O'Rourke -- The Clarence Herbert case : was withdrawal of treatment justified? / John R. Connery -- Caring or starving? the case of Claire Conroy / Richard A. McCormick
Summary During the past few decades, high-profile cases like that of Terry Schiavo have fueled the public debate over forgoing or withdrawing artificial nutrition and hydration from patients in a persistent vegetative state (PVS). These cases, whether involving adults or young children, have forced many to begin thinking in a measured and careful way about the moral legitimacy of allowing patients to die. Can families forgo or withdraw artificial hydration and nutrition from their loved ones when no hope of recovery seems possible?Many Catholics know that Catholic moral theology has formulated a well-
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes English
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Subject Medical ethics.
Coma -- Patients -- Religious aspects -- Catholicism
Loss of consciousness.
Fluid therapy -- Moral and ethical aspects
Medicine -- Religious aspects.
Euthanasia -- Moral and ethical aspects
Euthanasia, Passive -- ethics
Ethics, Medical
Enteral Nutrition -- ethics
Fluid Therapy -- ethics
Persistent Vegetative State -- therapy
Religion and Medicine
PHILOSOPHY -- Ethics & Moral Philosophy.
Artificial feeding
Euthanasia -- Moral and ethical aspects
Loss of consciousness
Medical ethics
Medicine -- Religious aspects
Form Electronic book
Author Hamel, Ronald P., 1946-
Walter, James J.
ISBN 9781435627253