The Right to Be Allowed to Die
Journal of Medical Ethics. 1983 Sep; 9(3): 136-140.
This review of several recent U.S. court decisions in "right to die" cases was presented at the London Medical Group's 1983 annual conference, "Human Rights in Medicine." Campbell deplores, as contrary to "natural justice," the American predilection to involve the legal system in decisions on withholding treatment from incompetent terminally ill adults and defective newborns. He maintains that, while society should determine general policies to guide life and death decisions, the interests of the patient will be best served if these decisions are usually based on the judgment of physicians and family members. (KIE abstract)
Adults; Allowing to Die; Autonomy; Competence; Congenital Disorders; Death; Decision Making; Family Members; Guardians; Human Rights; Infants; Justice; Judicial Action; Legal Aspects; Legal Guardians; Life; Living Wills; Medicine; Newborns; Parents; Physicians; Quality of Life; Review; Right to Die; Rights; Social Control; Terminally Ill; Treatment Refusal; Twins; Value of Life; Withholding Treatment; Wills;
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