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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 ...
When Is CPR Futile?
Futility: Not Just a Medical Issue
We do not like the idea of doctors and nurses being forced to provide care that offends their sense of themselves and their art. But we like even less the idea of physicians allocating resources without the force of society's ...
The Supreme Court Addresses Physician Assisted Suicide
In June 1997, the US Supreme Court unanimously decided that competent, terminally ill patients have no general constitutional right to commit suicide or to obtain assistance in committing suicide. Thus, the broad prohibitions ...