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Informed Consent, Cancer, and Truth in Prognosis
...The national survey conducted by Louis Harris for a presidential commission on bioethics in 1982...found that 96 percent of Americans wanted to be told if they had cancer, and 85 percent wanted a "realistic estimate" ...
...From a purely logical perspective, one might imagine that the intent to produce death and the death itself, rather than the means, would be determinative in judging the act. From this perspective, there should be ...
How We Lie
The Long Dying of Nancy Cruzan
With the Nancy Cruzan decision, the post-Reagan Supreme Court continued recreating America's legal landscape by transferring traditional rights from its citizens to state legislatures and state officials....Our challenge ...
Case Vignette. Premature Surrender
Three commentaries are offered on the following case: George, age 57, is a previously healthy man who recently underwent surgery for removal of a low-grade malignant thymoma. At the time of admission to the hospital, ...
The Case of Baby K
Adding Injustice to Injury: Compulsory Payment for Unwanted Treatment
A New York court this year issued one of the most disturbing and aberrant appellate opinions of the past two decades concerning the right to refuse treatment. In my view, the judges ruling in