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With the end of classes, I am catching up on some reading. I just read this article from the February 8, 2007 New England Journal of Medicine. Curlin et al. show that "14% of patients -- more than 40 million Americans may be cared for by physicians who do not believe they are obligated to disclose information about medically available treatments they consider objectionable."

I find this troubling. While futility policies (and laws) are aimed at enabling providers to avoid providing treatment they deem ethically or professionally inappropriate, those policies and laws always inform the patient/surrogate and allow the opportunity to transfer. The objective is to allow specific providers to decline to provide some treatments, not to altogether prohibit the patient from getting the treatment. The objective is to allow providers to extricate themselves from the administration of interventions.

But Curlin et al.'s study suggests that many physicians' refusals look more like evangelism or proselytism. They never even mention some alternatives (even life-preserving or life-sustaining alternatives). Therefore, these physicians' patients/surrogates do not even know to look for a transfer or to seek review.
Posted by Thaddeus Mason Pope at 1:07 PM

Conscience and Gags


48 posted on 05/09/2008 3:55:58 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: All; Lesforlife; BykrBayb; floriduh voter; amdgmary
Sophie Scholl is a martyr of NAZI Germany few have heard about, but her story is set. A movie has been made also of her story. We find it so applicable to Terri Schiavo's case and cases like Lauren that we have adopted her cry and symbol as our own.

"We will not be silent. We are your bad conscience. The White Rose will give you no rest."


Executed by the 3rd Reich, Sophie
and her pals sought to awaken awareness to the plight of the Jews.

Their campus distribution of controversial pamphlets cost them their lives.

Meanwhile, in the U.S., the majority applaud the euthanasia movement, bought and paid for by George Soros (PDIA,) which starves and dehydrates the disabled, when they can't speak for themselves.

Is America today really much different from Hitler's murderous regime?

Posted by Leslie at 9:22 AM



49 posted on 05/09/2008 4:10:27 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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