Invitation to the Dance: Lessons From Susan Sontag's Death
Burt, Robert A.
Hastings Center Report 2009 March-April; 39(2): 38-45
The standard model for end-of-life decision-making gives roles to two parties--the physician, who explains the medical options, and the patient, who selects from among those options. The model can be harmful not only for individuals but also for the state, if the patient's right to control her own choices is understood as a positive right of access to whatever is available.
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