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Not Dead, Not Dying? Ethical Categories and Persistent Vegetative State
Daniel Wikler offers a controversial analysis exploring alternative ways to support the conclusion that PVS patients should not be maintained. He finds the usual ethical justification for withdrawing treatment inadequate. ...
Paternalism, Family Duties, and My Aunt Maude
Using the case of his elderly great-aunt as an example, a physician raises the question of obligations toward elderly persons who refuse treatment that could improve the quality of their lives. Miles' aunt, blind, frail, ...
The Legal Concept of Wrongful Life
"Wrongful birth" suits are malpractice actions in which parents sue a physician for negligent conduct resulting in the birth of an impaired child. "Wrongful life" suits, which are more controversial, are brought on behalf ...
AIDS and Suicide
Patients' and Families' Preferences for Medical Intensive Care
Patients over age 54 who had been cared for in the intensive care unit (ICU) of a university hospital or the families of such patients who had died were interviewed to determine their attitudes toward intensive care. Only ...