Fashion and Freedom: When Artificial Feeding Should Be Withdrawn
Annas, George J.
American Journal of Public Health. 1985 Jun; 75(6): 685-688.
Appellate courts in three states have now ruled that there is no legal difference between artificial feeding and any other medical treatment and that therefore feeding may be refused by a competent patient or, in appropriate circumstances, by the family or guardian of an incompetent patient. Annas discusses the ethical and legal problems presented by these cases--California's
Advance Directives; Aged; Allowing to Die; Artificial Feeding; Autonomy; Competence; Consent; Decision Making; Dementia; Family Members; Freedom; Guardians; Judicial Action; Legal Aspects; Legal Guardians; Legal Liability; Living Wills; Liability; Patient Participation; Physicians; Right to Die; Risks and Benefits; Standards; Treatment Refusal; Withholding Treatment; Wills;
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