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Dutch Euthanasia: Background, Practice, and Present Justifications
Dutch developments on euthanasia have drawn much attention over the years. Defenders and opponents have been telling very different stories about the practice of euthanasia and the frequency of cases, and the Dutch government ...
Euthanasia: Current Problems in Japan
I hope that people in Japan soon realize that the patient's free and repeated requests for active euthanasia to his or her own physician are essential and indispensable requirements for making active euthanasia acceptable ...
What Should Leah Be Told?
Brain Death in Pregnant Women
...Even though the use of life-support resources with brain death has previously been advocated only for short periods to preserve vital organs for transplantation, maternal brain death during pregnancy may warrant ...
The Problem of Proxies With Interests of Their Own: Toward a Better Theory of Proxy Decisions
Patient autonomy is the cornerstone of our medical ethics. Given this commitment to autonomy, proxy decisions will always strike us as problematic: it is always more difficult to ensure that the wishes of the patient ...
Is the Patient Self-Determination Act Appropriate for Elderly Persons Hospitalized for Depression?
The goal of the PSDA is to foster communication between patients and physicians about patients' preferences for life-sustaining therapies. Compliance with the PSDA is a condition for reimbursement by Medicaid and Medicare. ...