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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" ...
Siamese Twins: Killing One to Save the Other
The birth of Siamese twins joined at the chest (thoracopagus twins) and sharing a heart creates an ethical dilemma. Infants with conjoined hearts survive no more than a few months, and physicians must decide whether to ...
Trying to Live Forever
How We Lie
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 ...
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 ...
Adam Smith in the Emergency Room
Annas fears that efforts to control health care costs will erode the traditional ethic that hospitals have an obligation to provide emergency care to anyone, regardless of ability to pay. He characterizes emergency ...
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, ...