Chapter 17: Emerging Ethical Issues in the 21st Century

In the concluding chapter, Robert Kastenbaum, PhD, looks forward to the ethical dilemmas of the future while keeping an eye on the past trajectory of the end-of-life care dialogue. He identifies two important issues that are likely to be ethically contentious in the near future: a possible public health catastrophe that would force a compromise between moral principles and our capacity to handle an epidemic; and, the challenge of autonomy complicated by the rise of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.

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