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By Lee, Robert Lee, Derek Morgan

ISBN-10: 0203981421

ISBN-13: 9780203981429

ISBN-10: 0415140269

ISBN-13: 9780415140263

A well timed and provocative assortment which surveys the criminal and moral matters surrounding the scientific and criminal administration of dying and loss of life. Aimed to be obtainable to these from either the worlds of legislation and medication, this quantity focuses uniquely upon questions more and more major for either units of practitioners, as new clinical applied sciences are used extra usually to interfere to save lots of and expand lives, occasionally with out regard for the standard of lifetime of people who find themselves being saved alive.

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269. Krasik, The role of the family in medical decision making for incompetent adult patients: a historical perspective’, University of Pittsburg Law Review 48 (1987):539. Harris and Bostrom, op. cit. President’s Commission for the Study of Ethical Problems in Medicine and Biomedical and Behavioral Research: at p. 240. See Martin Livingstone, ‘Head injury: the relatives’ response’, Brain Injury 1 (1987):8. Livingstone, Families who care’, British Medical Journal 291 (1985):919. Nancy Cruzan’s husband had to go through the harrowing business of getting a divorce.

Sir Stephen Brown P had heard evidence from doctors to the effect that it was their opinion as experts that nutrition and hydration should be withdrawn, and from Bland’s father that this was also his wish. No argument for the cessation was made on the basis of the preferences of the patient. The judge held that the medical opinion was relevant, and determinative. 77 In the House of Lords Lord Goff, with whom two others purported78 to agree, did treat the evidence as relevant, and the withdrawal of consent justifiable, in effect, on Bolam79 grounds.

868) invited the use of a nolle prosequi in the event of a prosecution being brought. [1993] 1 All ER 821 at p. 849. He cited, inter alia, Isaiah Berlin, Four Essays on Liberty (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1969); and Ronald Dworkin, Life’s Dominion (forthcoming) and concluded, with Brennan J in Cruzan, that ‘The best interests of the patient in my judgment embrace not only recovery or the avoidance of pain…but also a dignified death’ (at p. 857f). It is not immediately clear why it is the patient and not those who care about him/ her who has an interest in the dignity of his/her death.

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