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Deciding for Others
A detailed summary is provided of an influenza vaccination cost-effectiveness study done under the auspices of the U.S. Office of Technology Assessment. Among the factors considered were morbidity and mortality rates for ...
Technical Zeal or Therapeutic Purpose? How to Decide?
A practicing psychiatrist recounts the harrowing experience of a colleague in attempting to persuade his brother's physician to cease useless therapeutic efforts. Crawshaw argues that biomedical technologies encourage medical ...
The Removal of Mr. Herbert's Feeding Tube
The California case of Drs. Nejdl and Barber, charged with murder for removing the respirator and intravenous feeding line of a severely brain-damaged comatose patient, resulted in divided judicial opinion, delaying indictment ...
Nonfeeding: Lawful Killing in CA, Homicide in NJ
Appellate courts in California and New Jersey have reached conflicting conclusions in the first legal tests of whether artificial feeding is a "medical treatment," and whether it is ever legally permissible to allow a ...
Consent to Medical Treatment in Prison
The case of a British prisoner serving a life term for sexual offenses who alleged that he was forcibly subjected to treatment with psychoactive drugs is described. Prison authorities argued that the plaintiff had consented ...
Handicapped Children: Baby Doe and Uncle Sam