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Comments on Ethical Protocol
The Illusion of Patient Choice in End-of-Life Decisions
Over the past two decades a societal consensus has developed around the principle that decisions about life-sustaining treatment should be guided by patient self-determination. According to the President's Commission, ...
Living Related Donation in Lung Transplantation: Ethical Considerations
Lung transplantation has become an established rescue therapy for patients with end-stage disease. The major problem, however, is the shortage of organ donors. Living related donation has been successful in kidney and liver ...
Government Intercedes in `Baby Jane Doe'
Holden outlines events in the "Baby Jane Doe" case leading up to a Department of Justice suit in November 1983 against the State University Hospital in Stony Brook, New York, to obtain the infant's medical records. Parents ...
Easing the Burden of Decisionmaking in Futile Situations
The prolongation of human life, that is devoid of quality, creates significant financial and emotional burdens for patients, families, medical care providers, and society. Healthcare providers acknowledge that there ...