The Medicated Good Death

  • Peter Hulsroj
Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)


If it accepted that the desire for immortality is often motivated more by fear of the death experience and of non-existence than the wish to live forever, the better alternative to immortality might be to provide for a good death. Various medications, like Prozac, is making it possible to provide for a happier death, if the dying should so wish, yet we tend not to inform the dying about the range of options available for a medically induced nicer death. The reason is primarily to be found in our own morality, and the perspective that a human being should follow the arc of life and death without artificial colouring. Just like we do no advocate Ecstasy for dealing with life we do not think Prozac is a proper alternative for dealing with death. But why should this be our choice, rather than that of the individual? Looking at ever-longer life times we find much to like, as long as we do not allow ourselves to over-indulge. Looking at the good death we find that progress has given us new options, and will give us more. If the remedy against over-indulgence is a good death, society should be intent on providing as many options as possible, and allow well-informed geriatrics to choose their own best ends.


Fellow Citizen Personal Morality Good Death Artificial Colouring Religious Perspective 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter Hulsroj
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  1. 1.ViennaAustria

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