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In the preface, Weir notes that each phase of the debate over the morality and legality of treatment abatement has 44seemed to generate more heat and less light." He hopes that his book "will reverse this trend by providing light as well as heat." An ambitious goal, I thought.
He succeeded. The book's coverage of historical developments, legal cases, and ethical viewpoints is extensive. Its real strength, however, is in the organization of the factors in the debate on treatment abatement. For example, Weir's categorization (autonomous and nonautonomous patients are treated in different chapters) and discussions of the significance and
Abating Treatment with Critically Ill Patients. Ann Intern Med. ;113:173. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-113-2-173_2
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