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Sources of Concern About the Patient Self-Determination Act
Advance directives have provoked a number of reservations. As the PSDA [Patient Self-Determination Act] goes into effect, requiring discussion and implementation of directives, it will be essential to address physicians' further ...
Levinas and the Hippocratic Oath: A Discussion of Physician-Assisted Suicide
At least from the standpoint of contemporary cultural and ethical resources, physicians have argued eloquently and exhaustively both for and against physician-assisted suicide. If one avoids the temptation to ruthlessly simplify ...
Can Ethnography Save the Life of Medical Ethics?
Since its inception contemporary medical ethics has been regarded by many of its practitioners as 'applied ethics', that is, the application of philosophical theories to the moral problems that arise in health care. ...
Westhart v. Mule
Personal Choices: Communication Between Physicians and Patients When Confronting Critical Illness
In the course of life, death, and the medical care that bridges the two, patients must make personal choices as to the extent of their medical treatment. Educational efforts directed primarily toward patients, including the ...