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Who should decide when the patient cannot? This question may not arise frequently, but when it does, as it did for the physicians of Karen Ann Quinlan, Baby Jane Doe, and Joseph Saikewicz, it presents one of the more intractable problems of professional ethics. "The family" is an answer with certain appeal, but it raises further questions. Who counts as the family? What happens when family members disagree? What if the family wants treatment or nontreatment that is different from what the physician thinks is required? The authors of this book, a philosopher and a clinical psychologist, have produced a
Families and the Gravely Ill: Roles, Rules, and Rights. Ann Intern Med. ;110:579. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-110-7-579
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1989;110(7):579.
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