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Artificial Feeding--Solid Ground, Not a Slippery Slope
The authors discuss state court decisions and statutes that address the refusal of artificial feeding by competent patients and the withholding of artificial feeding from incompetent patients. These decisions, the ...
Decision Making for Incompetent Patients by Designated Proxy: California's New Law
Decisions on providing or withholding care for incompetent patients were traditionally made jointly by physicians and family members. Living wills represent a second approach, and now a third approach--the durable power of ...
Clinical Decisions to Limit Treatment
Preferences of Homosexual Men With AIDS for Life-Sustaining Treatment
Questionnaires completed at two San Francisco health facilities by 118 male homosexuals with AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) revealed that, while the majority had thought about life-sustaining treatment and choice ...
Guiding the Hand That Feeds: Caring for the Demented Elderly
The dilemmas confronting physicians and family members when elderly, demented patients refuse to eat are discussed. Lo and Dornbrand outline the arguments for and against tube feeding for those who will neither feed themselves ...
The Ethics of Artificial Feeding