Death and Dying

Abstract

New understandings of biology as well as new treatments and imaging capacities raise difficult questions about death and dying. In its biological sense, ‘death’ is a vague term that in different contexts marks the loss of metabolic exchange in the entire organism, a part of the organism, an organ, a nest of cells or a cell. ‘Death’ is also a distinctly social term with significant moral implications. The key terms involved in the ethical controversies involving death and dying are standards for declaring death, the minimally conscious state, the concepts of killing, letting die and the doctrine of double effect.

Keywords: brain death; death; doctrine of double effect; dying; euthanasia

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Rhodes, Rosamond, Hitt, James M, and Nair‐Collins, Michael(Nov 2016) Death and Dying. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. http://www.els.net [doi: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0003484.pub2]