Palliative sedation is not a panacea, according to an article in the Jun 2011 issue of the American Journal of Bioethics by Alexander Kon, MD, of the Naval Medical Center in San Diego. Dr. Kon responds to the limitations of palliative sedation in bringing patients to a level of comfort. A significant minority continue to feel pain, which in some cases continues to be intolerable, although not expressed. One may be able to argue, he says, that hastening death in such cases may be therapeutic rather than damaging. (June 24, 2011)


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