Should grand-parents die?


Thematic : End of life / Euthanasia and assisted suicide


Published on : 09/04/2010

Author / Source : Margaret Somerville

"'Should the Grandparents Die?':  Allocation of Medical Resources with an Aging Population"

14:3-4 Law, Medicine & Health Care 158-163.  Reprinted in Martin Lyon Levine ed., The Elderly: Legal and Ethical Issues in Healthcare Policy, (October 2007), The International Library of Medicine, Ethics and Law, Ashgate Publishing Ltd., 1986

  • euthanasia
  • palliative care
  • health care

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