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The Ethics of Death & Dying - Chapter Summary
This chapter's lessons make studying the ethics of death and dying simple and effective. Watch short videos created by top instructors to closely examine the ways ethical theory is applied to issues of death and dying. Our self-paced format lets you choose the lessons you want to review and visit any time and as often as you'd like. If you want to check your knowledge of the lessons, you can take short quizzes and a broader chapter exam. This chapter also offers access clickable links that let you skip to key topics within the videos, as well as full transcripts that let you read the lessons in text form. Upon completion of this chapter, you will be able to:
- Share the medical definition and broader definitions of death
- Discuss ethical issues the medical field faces concerning life and death
- Explain the euthanasia debate and the stages of acceptance for a person who is dying
- Define the concept of and share options for dying with dignity
- Exhibit knowledge of the moral issues surrounding the right to die
1. Definitions of Death
This lesson examines the medical definition and other broad definitions of death. Ideas like cortical, brain and clinical death are explored. We also take a look at psychic and social death.
2. Ethical Issues Concerning Life & Death: Terms & Definitions
In this lesson, explore some of the ethical issues in the medical world concerning the inducement of death and the prolonging of life. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.
3. Death and Dying: Euthanasia Debate and Stages of Acceptance
The end of one's life can be a difficult time, for both the person dying and their loved ones. In this lesson, we'll explore some end-of-life issues that people face, including the five stages of grief and the controversy surrounding euthanasia.
4. Dying with Dignity: Definition & Options
When a person is faced with a terminal illness, they sometimes want to control the timing and way that they die. In this lesson, we'll examine the dying with dignity movement, including physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia.
5. Moral Issues Surrounding the Right to Die
So much of our legal system is geared towards guaranteeing the right of people to live. But what about those who wish to die? This lesson explains the moral issues surrounding the right to die.
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