The Doctrine of Substituted Judgment in Medical Decision Making
Bioethics. 1988 Jan; 2(1): 15-21.
The judicial use of the doctrine of substituted judgment for incompetent persons entails basing the decision on the action the incompetent would choose if competent. The author briefly reviews court decisions employing this doctrine to permit withholding or withdrawing life sustaining or prolonging treatment (the
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