Issues in Law & Medicine

Journal covering legal and ethical issues in the delivery of medical care.

Articles from Vol. 8, No. 4, Spring

Assisted Suicide and the Case of Dr. Quill and Diane
Dr. Timothy Quill provoked a great deal of debate when The New England Journal of Medicine published his description of a woman named Diane, a patient whom Quill helped to commit suicide.(1) Among the responses published in a later issue of the journal...
Dying Safely
A rabbinical dictum has it that we should 'place fences around the law.' The idea is that restraints and prohibitions should be in place to prevent us from reaching, or at least impede our progress toward, the point of absolute and damning transgression....
Euthanasia: A Concept Whose Time Has Come?
The issue to be discussed is euthanasia--its advantages and disadvantages, the reasons supporting its use, and the reasons opposing its use. As Joubert said in the eighteenth century, it is better to debate a question without settling it than it is...
Medical Treatment Rights of Older Persons and Persons with Disabilities: 1991-92 Developments
This article covers developments occurring from the beginning of October 1991 to the end of September 1992. During this period, the federal government considered the issues of health care rationing, the medical rights of residents in long-term care...
What about Legalized Assisted Suicide?
The thought of suicide is a great consolation: by means of it one gets successfully through many a bad night.(1) The debate on the right to die has recently reached the proportions the abortion debate has held over the last few decades. This is...