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Medicine Without Limits: Limiting Medicine Ethically

- Clauses of conscience

Professor in the Faculty of Medicine
Founding Director of the Faculty of Law's Centre for Medicine,
Ethics and Law at McGill University

Which principles, concepts, approaches and ideas might help us to act ethically when we face tough decisions as institutions or governments as to what health care will and will not be provided? In exploring the ethics of limiting health care, as in many areas of ethics, we often focus on dramatic individual cases.

Canada is typical in this regard. Front-page stories involving the lack of access to health care are reported in the Canadian press every day. In one story, a forty-five-year-old man with end-stage cystic fibrosis was called into hospital for a lung transplant, but no intensive care unit (ICU) bed could be found for him. The surgeon could not proceed because the patient could not be cared for post-operatively. The lungs available for transplantation to this desperately ill man were wasted. He could well die before other matching organs...

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Euthanasia by Confusion

- Euthanasia and assisted suicide

Professor in the Faculty of Medicine
Founding Director of the Faculty of Law's Centre for Medicine,
Ethics and Law at McGill University

Which terms are used?

Is the euthanasia debate best by confusion?

 

"Euthanasia by Confusion" (1997) 20:3  University of New South Wales Law Journal  550-575; abbreviated version also published in Policy Options, 1997, 18(10):21-24; in The Advocate, 1998, 56 (6): 875-884; in Review Catholic Health Association of Canada, 1998; 26(1):3-10

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