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Resuscitating Advance Directives
Advance directives have not fulfilled their promise of facilitating decisions about end-of-life care for incompetent patients. Many legal requirements and restrictions concerning advance directives are counterproductive. ...
Palliative Options at the End of Life
Guiding the Hand That Feeds: Caring for the Demented Elderly
The dilemmas confronting physicians and family members when elderly, demented patients refuse to eat are discussed. Lo and Dornbrand outline the arguments for and against tube feeding for those who will neither feed themselves ...
See One, Do One, Teach One? House Staff Experience Discussing Do-Not-Resuscitate Orders
BACKGROUND: Medical residents commonly discuss resuscitation decisions with hospitalized patients. Previous studies suggest that the quality of these discussions is poor. OBJECTIVE: To learn about residents' experience ...
Deciding Whether to Resuscitate
Beyond the Cruzan Case: The U.S. Supreme Court and Medical Practice
In a landmark decision, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed a Missouri ruling that sharply limited family decisions about life-sustaining treatment for incompetent patients. The Court held that the Constitution protects ...