The Limits of a Wish
Rie, Michael A.
Hastings Center Report. 1991 Jul-Aug; 21(4): 24-27.
...The petition for judicial relief of a professionally morally oppressive request by Mrs. Wanglie's family properly belongs in a court of law. It is time to establish the limits of patients' autonomy to demand health care that the medical profession believes serves no benefit. In the case of Helga Wanglie, the providers have asserted a moral position consistent with that articulated collectively by the critical care health professions. These issues are so fundamental that the ruling in Wanglie will usher in a new chapter in our efforts to respect the individual freedom of both patients
Allowing to Die; Autonomy; Communication; Conscience; Decision Making; Family Members; Freedom; Futility; Health; Health Care; Health Insurance; Insurance; Intensive Care Units; Law; Legal Aspects; Life; Medicine; Organizational Policies; Organizations; Patients; Persistent Vegetative State; Physicians; Prognosis; Prolongation of Life; Resource Allocation; Standards; Ventilators; Withholding Treatment;
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