Ethical Practice in the Management of Impaired Neonates -- a Chinese Viewpoint
Medicine and Law: World Association for Medical Law 1998; 17(4): 553-562
In recent years, the issue of whether medical care should be given to impaired neonates has given rise to widely divergent views among practitioners of medicine, law and ethics. The general public also holds wide-ranging opinions on this subject. The divergence centres on whether medical care should be given to seriously impaired neonates, on whom should make decisions in these matters, and who should perform acts of euthanasia, in accordance with the current climate of opinion in China. This opinion has been focused both on ethical principles and on relevant precepts relevant to the "value of life." The author presents his opinions and explanations on the rights of impaired neonates, the rights and duties of parents and medical staff, and his views on the application of beneficence relative to this subject.
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