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A Report From Poland: Treatment and Non-Treatment of Defective Newborns
The author and his colleagues surveyed pediatricians in Warsaw, Poland, to determine the doctors' attitudes toward treating infants with severe handicaps. They used a questionnaire originally designed by Australian researchers ...
Two Philosophers in Search of a Contradiction: A Response to Singer and Kuhse
Peter Singer and Helga Kuhse reject my claim that because their views on the morality of infanticide are metaphysically incommensurate with those of Paul Ramsey they cannot refute his position. According to them, I have ...
Bioethics and Academic Freedom
The author describes the events surrounding his attempts to lecture on the subject of euthanasia in West Germany in June 1989. Singer, who defends the view that active euthanasia for some newborns with handicaps may be ...
The Philippines: A Public Awakening
This is the last of a set of three articles concerning "bioethics on the Pacific Rim." In his discussion of bioethical issues in the Philippines, de Castro focuses primarily on: (a) the impact of Roman Catholicism on ...
Age as a Criterion for Rationing Health Care
Suggestions for reducing health care costs in the United States by explicit rationing have included proposals to use age as a criterion for allocating resources in medical care. In this Sounding Board essay, Levinsky critically ...
Prisoners of Technology: The Case of Nancy Cruzan
Ethical Principles in Critical Care
Luce applies five principles of medical ethics -- beneficence, nonmaleficence, autonomy, disclosure, and social justice -- to issues that often arise in critical care medicine. These issues include medical decision making, ...
Physicians' Refusal of Requested Treatment: The Case of Baby L
The authors report a case involving an infant with severe neurologic deficits and a poor prognosis whose mother insisted that everything possible be done to prolong the child's life. Physicians, supported by the ...