Issues in Law & Medicine

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

Articles from Vol. 18, No. 3, Spring

Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia in Switzerland: Allowing a Role for Non-Physicians. (Abstracts)
Samia A. Hurst & Alex Mauron, Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia in Switzerland: Allowing a Role for Non-Physicians, 326 BRIT. MED. J. 271 (2003). The involvement of a physician is usually considered a necessary safeguard in assisted suicide and...
Increasing Use of DNR Orders in the Elderly Worldwide: Whose Choice Is It? (Abstracts)
E. P. Cherniack, Increasing Use of DNR Orders in the Elderly Worldwide: Whose Choice is it? 28 J. MED. ETHICS 303 (2002). There is evidence to suggest that while many elderly patients favor resuscitation, they die with DNR (do-not-resuscitate) orders...
Marie Wood and Terry Borman V. University of Utah Medical Center *. (Verbatim)
[paragraph] 1 The instant appeal requires us to determine the constitutionality of the Utah Wrongful Life Act, Utah Code Ann. [subsection] 78-11-23 to -25 (2002), legislation prohibiting a cause of action "based on the claim that but for the act or...
Non-Voluntary and Involuntary Euthanasia in the Netherlands: Dutch Perspectives
Abstract: During the summer of 1999, twenty-eight interviews with some of the leading authorities on euthanasia policy were conducted in the Netherlands. They were asked about cases of non-voluntary (when patients are incompetent) and involuntary euthanasia...
Preface
The featured article in this edition of Issues in Law & Medicine, by attorney James Thunder, provides evidence of over 370 quiet killings that have occurred over the past twenty-five years in our medical facilities, defines the scope of the problems...
Quiet Killings in Medical Facilities: Detection & Prevention
The purpose of this article is to prompt a public discussion concerning the "quiet killings" that have occurred and are occurring in our medical facilities, hopefully leading to a robust debate over improving methods of detecting and preventing such...
Sedative Use in the Last Week of Life and the Implications for End-of-Life Decision Making. (Abstracts)
Nigel Sykes & Andrew Thorns, Sedative Use in the Last Week of Life and the Implications for End-of-Life Decision Making, 163 ARCHIVES INTERNAL MED. 341 (2003). The use of sedation at the end of life has aroused ethical controversy, attracting...
Should Sedation Be Terminal? (Abstracts)
Nancy Valko, Should Sedation Be Terminal? 2 NAT'L CATH. BIOETHICS Q. 601 (2002). Terminal sedation (TS) has become an important but controversial issue in bioethics during the last several years, especially in light of the ongoing debate about assisted...
The Moral Case against Cloning for Biomedical Research
Our colleagues who joined in Part III in making the case for cloning for biomedical research began their analysis by describing the medical promise of such research. Those of us who maintain--for both principled and prudential reasons-that cloning...
The Validity of Contracts to Dispose of Frozen Embryos. (Abstracts)
G. Pennings, The Validity of Contracts to Dispose of Frozen Embryos, 28 J. MED. ETHICS 295 (2002). The widespread abandonment of frozen embryos by the gamete providers or intentional parents urgently demands a solution. Most centers react by requiring...
Thinking Twice: Cloning and in Vitro Fertilization. (Abstracts)
Helen Watt, Thinking Twice: Cloning and In Vitro Fertilization, 18 ETHICS & MED. 35 (2002). Human cloning and in vitro fertilization are regarded as very different procedures. IVF is seen as a mainstream procedure raising few ethical problems,...
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