Which of Two Individuals Do You Treat When Only Their Ages Are Different and You Can't Treat Both?
Journal of Medical Ethics. 1989 Mar; 15(1): 28-32.
A relative value of life dependent on age has been produced from a survey of 721 randomly selected individuals together with other observations of professional practice. The results are presented in diagrammatic form. If two identical people, except for age, present for medical treatment for a life-threatening condition and only one can be treated then the diagram indicates what the choice should be.
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