n Southern African Journal of Critical Care - End-of-life care in intensive care units
|Article Title||End-of-life care in intensive care units|
|© Publisher:||Health and Medical Publishing Group (HMPG)|
|Journal||Southern African Journal of Critical Care|
|Author||Gayle Langley and Shelley Schmollgruber|
|Publication Date||Nov 2006|
|Pages||58 - 65|
|Keyword(s)||End-of-life care, Ethics, Family members, Intensive care units, Medical practitioners, Nursing practitioners, Patients and Role players|
Ethical theories have been posited since the dawn of civilisation. We all approach moral decisions informed by our historical, family and cultural backgrounds, augmented in turn by our personal and professional experience. Theories and practice reflect the beliefs, values and knowledge of the ages, refined, modified and reinstated to address present ethical concerns. Platonic and Aristotlean ethics were modified in the ensuing centuries: theorists constructed models based on natural law, seeing humankind as a link in the chain of being - stretching from God Himself to the smallest of inanimate beings.
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