The Wanglie Case From an Uruguayan Perspective
Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics. 1993 Spring; 2(2): 171-173.
The ethical idiosyncrasy of the Uruguayan people would divide public opinion into two groups concerning the Wanglie case. One group would agree with the physicians to terminate treatment and consider the family's demand for continued life-support treatment irrational and without sense. The second Uruguayan perspective held by a significant number of physicians and lay people would never have allowed this case to be elevated to such a problematic level. This latter group would have considered it normal procedure to continue life-support treatment until a cardiac arrest or other organic unbalance caused Mrs. Wanglie's death. They would support the Wanglie family, believing the physicians' medical duty required them to do everything possible to preserve life.
Active Euthanasia; Allowing to Die; Attitudes; Autonomy; Death; Decision Making; Economics; Euthanasia; Family Members; Futility; International Aspects; Legal Aspects; Life; Moral Policy; Paternalism; Physician Patient Relationship; Physicians; Public Opinion; Resource Allocation; Rights; Withholding Treatment;
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