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Ethics and Palliative Care 

Ethics and Palliative Care
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Ethics and Palliative Care
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Robert C. Macauley

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199313945.003.0001
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date: 18 August 2019

While ethics and palliative care have always been core components of the practice of medicine, each was only recently recognized as a distinct field. Both emerged from the twentieth-century shift of emphasis from paternalism (more inclusively termed parentalism) to patient autonomy, as well as the technological explosion that prompted many novel questions. With evolving recognition that patient wishes were not always honored—and patient suffering insufficiently addressed—the two fields attempted to empower patients and ameliorate suffering. Given the overlap between the two fields, there may be areas of conflict which—when viewed in a more positive light—may actually be opportunities for collaboration.

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