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Sources of Concern About the Patient Self-Determination Act
Advance directives have provoked a number of reservations. As the PSDA [Patient Self-Determination Act] goes into effect, requiring discussion and implementation of directives, it will be essential to address physicians' further ...
Aging and the Goals of Medicine
...The goals of medicine in the face of biological aging should be, above all, to target those physical and mental conditions that tend to rob old age of human meaning and social significance. Medicine cannot create ...
Modernizing Mortality: Medical Progress and the Good Society
Callahan challenges assumptions about the meaning of health and the goals of health care in an essay on the future of American medicine. He believes that medical advances have exacted a high human cost, creating a greater ...
Rationing Medical Care
Palliation in the Age of Chronic Disease
This case pertains to sixty-one-year-old AT, who has recently been confined to a wheelchair by progressive osteoarthritis in his right hip, which causes him considerable pain. Formerly an active individual -- an avid ...
Medical Futility, Medical Necessity: The-Problem-Without-a-Name
...What I find most interesting about the struggles over medical futility and necessity is just the fact (watch that word!) that both began with the naive expectation that they could be solved with good medical information. ...
The Patient Self-Determination Act