Public Debate on Issues of Life and Death
Journal of Medical Ethics. 1983 Jun; 9(2): 113-115.
Recent American developments in the debate over the legal and ethical aspects of withholding or withdrawing life-sustaining technologies are reported, and details are given of a 1983 California case involving charges brought against physicians who disconnected a severely brain-damaged patient from life-support systems. Professional organizations and governments at the state and federal levels have responded to the dilemmas of managing dying patients with a flurry of statements, guidelines, bills, and rules that often feed the conflicts they are intended to resolve. Emerging concern with the economics of death-prolonging procedures will certainly intensify the debate. (KIE abstract)
Allowing to Die; Attitudes; Brain; Clinical Ethics; Clinical Ethics Committees; Death; Decision Making; Dying Patients; Economics; Ethics; Ethics Committees; Federal Government; Government; Guidelines; Law; Legal Aspects; Life; Newborns; Organizations; Patients; Physicians; Professional Organizations; Prolongation of Life; Public Policy; Standards; Withholding Treatment;
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