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Ethical issues in diagnosis and management of patients in the permanent vegetative state
Aug 20, 1970

Derick T Wade, consultant and professor in neurological disability. Rivermead Rehabilitation Centre, Oxford OX1 4XD

Summary points

  • The diagnosis of the permanent vegetative state cannot be absolutely certain
  • There is no standard test of awareness and data on prognosis are limited
  • Patients in the permanent vegetative state raise ethical issues concerning the nature of consciousness, quality of life, the value society attributes to life, and handling of uncertainty
Court case rekindles right-to-die debate
Aug 20, 1970

Elderly Victoria woman faces assisted suicide charges in controversial case.From: Canada.com

The Marilyn Seguin Memorial award
Aug 20, 1970

In December, 2002, a donation was received from the Marilyn Seguin Memorial Fund, a fund for the care of the seriously ill at the end of life, that had been initiated as part of Marilyn’s estate, at her death in September of 2000. Her solicitor, Martin Campbell of Toronto, Canada, informed us that $10,000 in United States funds would be received by the World Federation of Right To Die Societies.

Recent advances: Palliative care
Aug 20, 1970

J Andrew Billings: In this article I introduce current concepts about palliative care and review advances in this subject over the past five years, highlighting developments of particular interest to generalists.

89-year-old man will be charged with murdering wife
Aug 20, 1970

An 89-year-old man will be charged with murder after telling police he smothered his 85-year-old wife in her nursing home bed last week to end her pain, authorities said Monday.

Doctors prefer terminal sedation
Aug 20, 1970

Taken from Relevant, magazine of Right to Die-NL (NVVE)
Volume 30, nr. 3, July 2004

by Marleen Peters

In 2003, the five regional review committees that assess medical care in cases of euthanasia, received 1815 reports, 1626 of which concerned euthanasia, 148 assisted suicide, and 41 a combination of the two. In comparison with 2002, 67 fewer cases than in the previous year (from the Annual Report 2003 of the Regional Testing Committees) were reported.

Out of a Coma, Into a Twilight
Aug 20, 1970

Accident victim Robert Wendland is "minimally conscious." His wife wants to let him die. His mother wants to keep him alive. Now he's a test case before the state Supreme Court.

BBC: An 'In Depth' feature on euthanasia on the BBC's home page
Aug 20, 1970
Bush presidency begins decline
Aug 20, 1970

By Earl Wettstein, President of Arizonans for Death with Dignity (a branch of Hemlock USA).

President Bush's approval rating has peaked somewhere around 88% and will now begin a decline toward his Failure to Get Re-elected Day in November of 2004.

With his decision to unleash Attorney General Ashcroft on the Oregon Death With Dignity Law, he has gutted not only that law, but his presidency. He just doesn't know it yet.

Convention on the Future of Europe
Aug 20, 1970

The Convention on the Future of Europe is a temporary body set up by the European Union (EU) Heads of Government in February 2002 to simplify the EU Treaty and identify necessary institutional reform in preparation for 2004 when 10 more states will become members of the Union. The Convention has a total of 105 members, representing national governments, national parliaments, the European Parliament and the European Commission.

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