Death With Dignity — On the Withdrawal of Life-Sustaining Measures

  • E.-O. Backlund
Conference paper
Part of the Acta Neurochirurgica Supplements book series (NEUROCHIRURGICA, volume 74)


The methods for diagnosis and treatment have today reached a degree of refinement and efficacy which tends to make them too powerful tools in our hands, when dealing with critically ill patients. In top-equipped hospitals, it is not quite uncommon to witness processes of dying more extended than what should be natural in a biological, psychological as well as ethical perspective. To use our formidable diagnostic and therapeutic capacity in a reasonable fashion is indeed a challenge, not least to the less experienced doctor or nurse. With a scent of black humour, someone in my country recently made this very pertinent remark: “The progress in medical research has increased the average age of man, by lengthening the process of his dying”.


Assisted Suicide Experienced Doctor Active Euthanasia Black Humour Witness Process 
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© Springer-Verlag Wien 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • E.-O. Backlund
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  1. 1.Department of Clincal Neurosciences, Neurosurgery SectionUniversity HospitalLinköpingSweden

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