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[Plato's philosophy and the bioethical debate on the end of life: intersections in public health].

Authors
  • Siqueira-Batista, Rodrigo
  • Schramm, Fermin Roland
Type
Published Article
Journal
Cadernos de saúde pública
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2004
Volume
20
Issue
3
Pages
855–865
Identifiers
PMID: 15263997
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

This article discusses bioethical aspects of medical futility, focusing on some of its intersections in public health. Starting from a demarcation of finitude in the core of the philosophical and bioethical debate on the end of life, we confront the contemporary criticism regarding medical futility with the ideas of Plato (427-347 B.C.), a philosopher who proposed significant considerations on numerous features of the medicine of his time. We thus explore novel theoretic references to guide the disputes related to this essential problem, the implications of which are decisive to health and life.

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