Issues in Law & Medicine

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

Articles from Vol. 6, No. 3, Winter

Doe V. Wilson
HELD: A fully competent adult patient in the latter stages of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) may successfully seek a declaratory judgment permitting her physician to disconnect life support without incurring criminal or civil liability....
Euthanasia in the Netherlands
In 1973 a lady doctor who had killed her sick mother was sentenced by the court in Leeuwaarden to a one-week suspended prison sentence. The judge declared that the court never doubted the defendant's integrity. The trial initiated the present open...
Fosmire V. Nicoleau
HELD: A competent and otherwise healthy adult patient may decline lifesaving blood transfusions when the state has failed to show superior and express interests in favor of preserving the patient's life and/or benefiting her child. Denise...
In Re A.C
HELD: If a pregnant patient is incompetent or otherwise unable to give an informed consent to medical treatment, then her decision must be ascertained through substituted judgment. The patient's wishes, once they are ascertained, must be followed...
In Re Guardianship of Browning
HELD: A guardian of a patient who is incompetent but not in a permanent vegetative state, and who suffers from an incurable but not necessarily terminal condition, cannot terminate life-sustaining treatment and feeding by tube. Eighty-nine...
Medical Discrimination against Children with Disabilities: A Report of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights
In September of 1989, following a four year study, at a cost of one-half million dollars, the United States Commission on Civil Rights issued the final draft of its report entitled "Medical Discrimination Against Children with Disabilities."(1) The...
The Nurse's Role in Treatment Decisionmaking for the Child with Disabilities
As with any profession, nurses have ethical dilemmas in many areas of practice. Some of these are major, and some, perhaps more frequently encountered, are rapidly dealt with and not considered again. Concerning children with disabilities, there is...
The U.S. Civil Rights Commission Report, "Medical Discrimination against Children with Disabilities": A Brief Commentary
For many years there has been a national debate over the moral and legal obligations owed to infants born with physical or mental disabilities. The crucial issue is, to what extent, if any, should parents or medical authorities be permitted to withhold...
U.S. V. Charters
HELD: Antipsychotic drugs may be given over an inmate's objections provided all due process requirements are met. Michael Charters was indicted in November 1983 for threatening the President of the United States, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 871....

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