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The Ethical Arguments Concerning the Artificial Ventilation of Patients With Motor Neurone Disease
This paper focuses on the ethical dilemmas created by advanced technology that would allow patients with motor neurone disease to be sustained by artificial ventilation. The author attempts to support the patient's right ...
Resolving the Clinical and Ethical Dilemma Involved in Fetal-Maternal Conflicts
A serious ethical dilemma occurs when a pregnant woman refuses a medically indicated intervention. Should respect for her autonomy preclude any approach other than to accept her decision? Should the caregivers have recourse ...
Procreation After Death or Mental Incompetence: Medical Advance or Technology Gone Awry?
OBJECTIVE: To review our experience with semen retrieval in men who are incompetent or dead and to formulate general medical, legal, and ethical guidelines for practitioners. DESIGN: Case series and literature review. ...
Life-Sustaining Treatment Decisions by Spouses of Patients With Alzheimer's Disease
OBJECTIVE: To examine the anticipated decisions to consent to or to forgo life-sustaining treatment by spouses of patients with Alzheimer's disease and to describe the relationship of spouse and patient characteristics to ...
Still Troubled: In Re Martin
Of Community, Organs and Obligations: Routine Salvage With a Twist
This paper makes the assumption that organ transplantation is, under some conditions at least, a proper use of communal medical resources. Proceeding from this assumption, the author: (1) sketches the history of the problem; ...
Is Economic Hardship on the Families of the Seriously Ill Associated With Patient and Surrogate Care Preferences?
BACKGROUND: Serious illness often causes economic hardship for patients' families. However, it is not known whether this hardship is associated with a preference for the goal of care to focus on maximizing comfort instead ...
Patients' Willingness to Accept Life-Sustaining Treatment When the Expected Outcome Is a Diminished Mental Health State: An Exploratory Study
OBJECTIVE: To assess patients' willingness to accept life-sustaining treatment when the expected outcome is a diminished mental health state. DESIGN: Structured interviews with a consecutive series of patients. SETTING: A ...
Anencephalics as Organ Sources
In recent years, the need for infant organs for transplantation has increased. There is a growing recognition of the potential use of anencephalics as sources of organs. Prevalent arguments defending the use of live ...