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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 ...
The Ethics of Letting Go
Models of the Doctor-Patient Relationship and the Ethics Committee: Part One
Models of the doctor-patient relationship determine which value will predominate in the interaction of the parties. That value then significantly colors and even sometimes alters the nature of the ethical discussion. ...
Philosophical Reflections on a Rational Treatment Plan
The notion of rationality in medicine is examined in its scientific, consensual, and moral senses. A "rational" treatment plan is held to be a conglomerate of appropriate judgments based on scientific facts, statistical data, ...
Clinical Ethics as Medical Hermeneutics
There are several branches of ethics. Clinical ethics, the one closest to medical decisionmaking, can be seen as a branch of medicine itself. In this view, clinical ethics is a unitary hermeneutics. Its rule is a guideline ...