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Artificial Feeding--Solid Ground, Not a Slippery Slope
The authors discuss state court decisions and statutes that address the refusal of artificial feeding by competent patients and the withholding of artificial feeding from incompetent patients. These decisions, the ...
Decision Making for Incompetent Patients by Designated Proxy: California's New Law
Decisions on providing or withholding care for incompetent patients were traditionally made jointly by physicians and family members. Living wills represent a second approach, and now a third approach--the durable power of ...
Expanding the Paradigm of the Physician's Role in Surrogate Decision-Making: An Empirically Derived Framework
BACKGROUND: Little is known about what role physicians take in the decision-making process about life support in intensive care units. OBJECTIVE: To determine how responsibility is balanced between physicians and surrogates ...
Preferences of Homosexual Men With AIDS for Life-Sustaining Treatment
Questionnaires completed at two San Francisco health facilities by 118 male homosexuals with AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) revealed that, while the majority had thought about life-sustaining treatment and choice ...
Beyond the Cruzan Case: The U.S. Supreme Court and Medical Practice
In a landmark decision, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed a Missouri ruling that sharply limited family decisions about life-sustaining treatment for incompetent patients. The Court held that the Constitution protects ...