Book review. Death’s dominion—ethics at the end of life

Coggon, John (2007) Book review. Death’s dominion—ethics at the end of life. Journal of Medical Ethics, 33, (12), 742. (doi:10.1136/jme.2007.021758).


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Death’s Dominion is Simon Woods’ addition to the excellent and thought-provoking Facing Death series. Its timeliness is hardly at issue: the debate on euthanasia, end-of-life care and associated issues looks set to rage for some time. And it comes out at a time when the UK Parliament is debating a palliative care bill, designed to promote a duty of the state to provide palliative care to all who need it. The real concern with a work in this area is knowing whether it is worth reading. I think it is. Relatively few are the texts that deal with palliative care, and fewer still are those that deal with it in such a careful and comprehensive manner. No thorough analysis of issues regarding the roles of the state and health care in individuals’ end-of-life decision-making can afford to ignore the specialty, yet it is often left unmentioned. For anyone who wishes to know about it and to see it in a clear social and ethical context, this book will prove highly valuable

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1136/jme.2007.021758
ISSNs: 0306-6800 (print)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA1001 Forensic Medicine. Medical jurisprudence. Legal medicine
Divisions : Faculty of Business and Law > Southampton Law School
ePrint ID: 343846
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
December 2007Published
Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2012 14:43
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 14:35

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