In France, Terminal Stage Medicine Is Not Hopelessly Ill
Hastings Center Report. 1988 Aug/Sep; 18(4): S19-S20.
The author examines the conflict in France between medical paternalism, which preserves the physician's right to withhold information about diagnosis or prognosis from persons who are seriously ill, and the growing support for active euthanasia among the public. Living will legislation was unequivocably rejected by the National Assembly in 1978, yet there is interest in the use of drugs for the relief of pain even if they hasten death, in services to relieve the loneliness of the dying, and in a new emphasis in medical education upon a relation of partnership between doctors and patients. (KIE abstract)
Active Euthanasia; Allowing to Die; Autonomy; Death; Decision Making; Diagnosis; Disclosure; Drugs; Doctors; Education; Euthanasia; Family Members; Health; Health Care; Legislation; Living Wills; Medical Education; Medicine; Pain; Paternalism; Patients; Physicians; Prognosis; Terminal Care; Terminally Ill; Treatment Refusal; Wills;
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