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Abandonment of terminally ill patients in the Byzantine era. An ancient tradition?

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dc.contributor.author Lascaratos, J en
dc.contributor.author Poulakou-Rebelakou, E en
dc.contributor.author Marketos, S en
dc.date.accessioned 2014-03-01T01:48:50Z
dc.date.available 2014-03-01T01:48:50Z
dc.date.issued 1999 en
dc.identifier.issn 0306-6800 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/25609
dc.subject byzantine care en
dc.subject caring ethics en
dc.subject terminally ill patients en
dc.subject tradition en
dc.subject.classification Ethics en
dc.subject.classification Medical Ethics en
dc.subject.classification Social Issues en
dc.subject.classification Social Sciences, Biomedical en
dc.title Abandonment of terminally ill patients in the Byzantine era. An ancient tradition? en
heal.type journalArticle en
heal.language English en
heal.publicationDate 1999 en
heal.abstract Our research on the texts of the Byzantine historians and chroniclers revealed an apparently curious phenomenon, namely, the abandonment of terminally ill emperors by their physicians when the latter realised that they could not offer any further treatment. This attitude tallies with the mentality of the ancient Greek physicians, who even in Hippocratic times thought the treatment and care of the terminally ill to be a challenge to nature and hubris to the gods. Nevertheless, it is a very curious attitude in the light of the concepts of the Christian Byzantine physicians who, according to the doctrines of the Christian religion, should have been imbued with the spirit of philanthropy and love for their fellowmen. The meticulous analysis of three examples of abandonment of Byzantine emperors, and especially that of Alexius I comnenus, by their physicians reveals that this custom, following ancient pagan ethics, in those time stook on a ritualised form without any significant or real content. en
heal.publisher BRITISH MED JOURNAL PUBL GROUP en
heal.journalName JOURNAL OF MEDICAL ETHICS en
dc.identifier.isi ISI:000081080500009 en
dc.identifier.volume 25 en
dc.identifier.issue 3 en
dc.identifier.spage 254 en
dc.identifier.epage 258 en


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