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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 ...
Does It Make Clinical Sense to Equate Terminally Ill Patients Who Require Life-Sustaining Interventions With Those Who Do Not?
Two US courts of appeals have ruled that competent, terminally ill patients have a constitutional right to physician-assisted suicide. The cases are now before the US Supreme Court, which is expected to issue a ruling ...
Decisions Near the End of Life: Resource Allocation Implications for Hospitals
Conclusion: At a time when hospitals are having predictable difficulty accommodating infinite expectations with finite resources, there are still some observers who abhor even the possibility that the cost and volume of ...
Futility: Is Definition the Problem? Part I
A physician recently asked how to respond in the case of an 87-year-old patient with advanced Alzheimer's disease, who was unable to swallow or tolerate a nasogastric tube, when the family insisted a gastrostomy tube be ...