versão impressa ISSN 0103-6564
versão On-line ISSN 1678-5177
KOVACS, Maria Julia. Bioethics oncerning life and death. Psicol. USP [online]. 2003, vol.14, n.2, pp.115-167. ISSN 0103-6564. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0103-65642003000200008.
This article discusses fundamental questions concerning the end of life and the proximity of death. Based on the bioethical approach, issues such as quality of life, dignity in the process of dying, and autonomy of choices regarding life in its final moments are discussed. The improvement of medical technology favoured the cure of many diseases and the prolongation of life. When exaggerated, though, it may add suffering to what is supposed to be a benefit, stimulating discussion about complex issues such as: the right to decide about one's own death, euthanasia, assisted suicide and dysthanasia. Clarification and presentation of these topics from various angles are objectives of this article. The possibility of multidisciplinary discussion of the issues presented is also suggested.
Palavras-chave : Bioethics; Death; Euthanasia; Palliative care.