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Revista médica de Chile

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FIGUEROA, Gustavo. Bioethics of Sigmund Freud´s death: Euthanasia or appropriation?. Rev. méd. Chile [online]. 2011, vol.139, n.4, pp.529-534. ISSN 0034-9887.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0034-98872011000400017.

The death of Freud raises the ethical dilemma about euthanasia. It can be characterized as indirect active euthanasia according to the rule of double effect, or terminal sedation, or palliated death. The primacy of the principle of autonomy over non maleficence, conditioned the physician’s attitude toward his patient Freud. The physician assisted death was and remains punishable in western medicine. Therefore, a fundamental tradition was infringed. In contrast, the present study attempts to characterize the final position of Freud himself to his death and called it appropriation of his finitude; he assumes his being-unto-death, that is, he now projects his being not as a being-at-his-end but as a being-unto-end, indicating thereby that he understood that the end always penetrated his whole existence.

Keywords : Biography; Conscious sedation; Ethics; Euthanasia.

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