Book Reviews 181 value to many others including teachers, professors, and well-argued moral conclusions but also much campus ministers, Christian pastors, parents, and mar- practical advice and wisdom. ried people. This book contains not only good theory Sedation at the End of Life: An Interdisciplinary Approach. 3. Whether PS might be ethically acceptable in Edited by Pauline Taboada. Philosophy and Medicine the case of patients that are not imminently 116. Dordrecht, the Netherlands: Springer, 2015. dying (agony). xviii + 175 pp. ISBN 978-94-017-9105-2. 4. Whether decisions to limit medically assisted nutrition and hydration are essentially linked to PS or whether they should be regarded as Reviewed by: Thomas M. Pitre, MD, Portland, OR, independent issues. USA 5. Whether sedation is an adequate response to DOI: 10.1177/0024363918764478 “existential suffering.” 6. Whether sedation could ever be used in the Sedation at the end of life has become an increasingly case of patients who are not able to give their common practice over the past two decades. Its use as a informed consent (e.g., patients with cogni- therapeutic tool at the end of life should be considered tive impairment of diverse origins, etc.). something to use only as a last resort to
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