The Removal of Mr. Herbert's Feeding Tube
Hastings Center Report. 1983 Oct; 13(5): 13-16.
The California case of Drs. Nejdl and Barber, charged with murder for removing the respirator and intravenous feeding line of a severely brain-damaged comatose patient, resulted in divided judicial opinion, delaying indictment or dismissal. Steinbock discusses the legal arguments and medical opinions presented in court, supports the conclusion that removal of all life-support apparatus from the irreversibly comatose is morally and legally permissible, and refutes the slippery slope argument of its opponents. (KIE abstract)
Allowing to Die; Artificial Feeding; Brain; Costs and Benefits; Death; Determination of Death; Extraordinary Treatment; Intention; Law; Legal Aspects; Legal Obligations; Life; Liability; Moral Obligations; Murder; Negligence; Physicians; Slippery Slope Argument; Wedge Argument; Withholding Treatment;