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Sources of Concern About the Patient Self-Determination Act
Advance directives have provoked a number of reservations. As the PSDA [Patient Self-Determination Act] goes into effect, requiring discussion and implementation of directives, it will be essential to address physicians' further ...
Can We Return Death to Disease?
The renewed interest in active euthanasia and assisted suicide has occured in response to the power of medicine to extend life under poor circumstances and to impose aggressive, often unremitting treatment that appears ...
Palliation in the Age of Chronic Disease
This case pertains to sixty-one-year-old AT, who has recently been confined to a wheelchair by progressive osteoarthritis in his right hip, which causes him considerable pain. Formerly an active individual -- an avid ...
Medical Futility, Medical Necessity: The-Problem-Without-a-Name
...What I find most interesting about the struggles over medical futility and necessity is just the fact (watch that word!) that both began with the naive expectation that they could be solved with good medical information. ...
Ethical and Policy Issues in Rehabilitation Medicine
The field of medical rehabilitation is relatively new....Until recently, the ethical problems of this new field were neglected. There seemed to be more pressing concerns as rehabilitation medicine struggled to establish itself, ...
The Patient Self-Determination Act
To Die or Not to Die
The Contested Terrain of American Bioethics
Bioethics came to life in the United States in the late 1960s. As the first research center in the world devoted to bioethics. Those of us who were early in the field had to deal with a general skepticism that the field ...