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Literature and Ethical Medicine: Five Cases From Common Practice
This essay is composed of five stories written by practicing physicians about their patients. Each clinical story describes a challenging ethical condition-potential abuse of medical power, gravely ill and probably over-treated ...
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. ...
Pain Relief, Acceleration of Death, and Criminal Law
This paper considers whether a physician is criminally liable for administering a dose of painkillers that hastens a patient's death. The common wisdom is that a version of the doctrine of double effect legally protects ...
The Constitution and the Right to Die
The Court's Misguided Judicial Activism
(Catholic Bishops of New York, 1996-04-18)