J. Skelly Wright and Refusal of Treatment
Journal of Bioethics. 1982/1983 Spring/Summer; 4(1/2): 11-28.
In 1964, District of Columbia Appeals Court Judge J. Skelly Wright, acting on the application of Georgetown University Hospital, issued a writ permitting the hospital to overrule the refusal of life-saving blood transfusions by a Jehovah's Witness patient. Wreen presents a critical analysis of the arguments explicitly advanced by Judge Wright in his decision, as well as of other arguments deduced from the analysis. While conceding that the case was a complex one and that his own arguments and counterarguments are controversial, Wreen concludes that the judge's arguments do not justify his issuing of the writ. (KIE abstract)
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Wreen, Michael J. (1991-09)The principal question of this paper is: Why are religious values special in refusal of lifesaving medical treatment? This question is approached through a critical examination of a common kind of refusal of treatment ...