Issues in Medical Ethics Essay

Issues in Medical Ethics
An examination of the social, psychological and ethical issues concerned with death.
# 2959 | 1,220 words | 2 sources | 2000 | US
Published on Feb 15, 2003 in Religion and Theology (General) , Sociology (General) , Philosophy (General) , Ethics (General)

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This paper looks at issues of death and the medical ethics involved . The author examines the phenomena of comas and brain death and the moral and ethical dilemmas concerned.

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"Looking back throughout the history of medicine, there was a time when people believed that death occurred when the heart stopped and breathing ceased. Cessation of respiration was often determined by placing a feather beneath the nose of the patient where it would move with the slightest breath. A doctor simply placed their ear on the patient's chest and listened for a heartbeat to determine if the person was still alive. However, since little was known about states of limited or nonexistent consciousness in which a heartbeat was undetectable to the human ear, some people were buried alive. Tragedies like this made it clear that new methods were needed to determine when a person was considered dead. "

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