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Delaying the Process of Death through Treatment Stubbornness

Author(s): J. Filipe Monteiro

Book Description

The impressive advances in medical technology in the last half-century have helped to save thousands of lives that would have been lost due to organ failures. However, the use of this technology in clinically irreversible settings can result in the undue delay of the death process.

Throughout its chapters, this book highlights the various facets of the controversial ethical dilemma of the end of life. It provides a historical background to this discussion, its philosophical underpinnings, and the perspectives of various religions on this journey along treatment obstinacy. The book helps the reader to see and understand this problem from a holistic perspective, and to apprehend other major questions about life and death. It is a book to be read by all those who are concerned with death in modern societies and particularly with medical ethics and professional conduct.


ISBN-13: 978-1-5275-1583-3
ISBN-10: 1-5275-1583-4
Date of Publication: 01/11/2018
Pages / Size: 133 / A5
Price: £58.99


J. Filipe Monteiro, MD, MSc, is a retired Consultant Pneumologist and Head of the Respiratory Intensive Care Unit at the Pneumology Department of Santa Maria University Hospital in Lisbon, Portugal, and Assistant Lecturer (retired) at the Faculty of Medicine of Lisbon University. He is the author of several research papers in journals such as Respiratory Care, Clinical Ethics, Open Journal of Philosophy, Portuguese Journal of Pulmonology, Acta Médica Portuguesa (Scientific Journal of the Portuguese Medical Association) and Journal of the Portuguese Medical Association. He is also the co-editor of the book Gases no Sangue [Blood Gases], and the author of chapters in various textbooks, a treatise, and an atlas of pneumology.