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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 ...
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 ...
Tube Feeding the Demented Nursing Home Resident
Despite the many complications and minimal benefits associated with long-term enteral nutrition in patients with advanced dementia, it is, nevertheless, a widespread practice in nursing homes throughout the United States. ...
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 ...
Another Peep Behind the Veil
Harris argues that if QALYs are used only 50% of the population will be eligible for survival, whereas if random methods of allocation are used 100% will be eligible. We argue that this involves an equivocation in the ...
Still Troubled: In Re Martin
The Ethics of Caring for Conjoined Twins: The Lakeberg Twins
In June 1993, conjoined twins Amy and Angela Lakeberg became the focus of national attention. They shared a complex six-chambered heart and one liver; only one could survive separation surgery, and even her chances were slim. ...