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What Should Leah Be Told?
The Remmelink Study: Two Years Later
The Remmelink Committee published its report on medical decisions at the end of life in the Netherlands in September 1991. As a result, the Dutch debate about physician aid-in-dying has been broadened to include life-terminating ...
The Public and the Controversy Over Abortion
Within the American medical community and among the general public, few issues are as controversial as abortion. Concern has deepened recently as violent protests and personal attacks on physicians have escalated in the ...
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. ...
Medical Futility: The Duty Not to Treat
In this paper, we examine in closer detail the ethical implications of medical futility. Section one introduces an illustrative case involving a clearly futile medical treatment. Section two outlines three contrasting positions ...