One Man's Burden
BMJ (British Medical Journal). 1983 May 7; 286(6376): 1521.
O'Donnell comments on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' "Baby Doe" regulations that required hospitals receiving federal funds to post notices warning of the legal consequences of withholding medical care from handicapped infants. Individual physicians and medical organizations reacted negatively to the directive, and a suit to force withdrawal of the notices was filed by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Medical Association. O'Donnell chides American doctors critical of Britain's National Health Service by pointing out that the "Baby Doe" regulations are more restrictive of clinical freedom than any ever issued by the British government. (KIE abstract)
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