The Moral Challenge of Alzheimer DiseaseBMJ 2009; 339 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b4856 (Published 17 November 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b4856
- Mairead Bartley, research fellow, Centre for Ageing Neuroscience and the Humanities, Trinity College, Dublin
Until this pioneering book was published in 1995 the ethical aspects of one of the most important illnesses of our ageing populations were a neglected subject. Post begins with his wish to define the “signposts” that would point human beings “toward a future in which those who are so forgetful will be treated with dignity.” He describes as twofold the moral challenge of Alzheimer’s disease: the challenge of overcoming the stigma; and that of giving careful consideration to the ethical issues, such as the appropriateness of certain medical procedures.
Explanations of existing legal or medical guidelines are …