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Beyond the Equivalence Thesis: how to think about the ethics of withdrawing and withholding life-saving medical treatment

Emmerich, Nathan; Gordijn, Bert


With few exceptions, the literature on withdrawing and withholding life-saving treatment considers the bare fact of withdrawing or withholding to lack any ethical significance. If anything, the professional guidelines on this matter are even more uniform. However, while no small degree of progress has been made toward persuading healthcare professionals to withhold treatments that are unlikely to provide significant benefit, it is clear that a certain level of ambivalence remains with regard to...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2019-02-13
Type: Journal article
Source: Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics
DOI: 10.1007/s11017-019-09478-9


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