In search of a good death: A good death and medicalisation need not be polarised

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7408.224-d (Published 24 July 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:224
  1. Jen L Lapum, PhD student, faculty of nursing, University of Toronto (j.lapum@utoronto.ca)
  1. University Health Network, 200 Elizabeth Street, Toronto, ON, Canada M5G 2C4

    EDITOR—Clarke warns against the medicalisation of dying when medicine and technology overstep the boundaries of the body or when palliative care focuses on symptom management.1 This can be a reality but depends on the healthcare provider, such as when death is resisted—when it is inevitable or when technology is lengthening the dying process as opposed to providing a good death.

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