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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
Trial Set For Euthanasia Campaigner
Aug 20, 1970

New Zealand euthanasia campaigner Lesley Martin will be tried in March 2004 for the attempted murder of her mother.

Between now and the two-week trial, police will monitor Ms Martin’s web site to make sure she does not breach her bail conditions.

Ms Martin is prohibited from speaking about her own case, but can speak about other cases.

She says she is currently gathering signatures for an open letter to Parliament.

Court case rekindles right-to-die debate
Aug 20, 1970

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

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.

Newsletter of the World Federation of Right to Die Societies
Aug 20, 1970

April 2004 issue of the newsletter of the World Federation of Right to Die Societies (no 45).

Euthanasia case gagging order 'may breach Bill of Rights'
Aug 20, 1970

Legal experts and civil libertarians have condemned the gagging order on pro-euthanasia campaigner Lesley Martin as a possible breach of the Bill of Rights.

California Supreme Court Grapples with Pulling Plug on Accident Victim
Aug 20, 1970

The California Supreme Court has begun hearing the case of a woman who wants permission to pull her husband off life support because she says that is what he would have wanted after an auto accident left him in a near-vegetative state.

Death Net -The most current news from around the world
Aug 20, 1970

provided by John Hofsess

Florida Court Nixes Law Keeping Woman Alive
Aug 20, 1970

Dealing a defeat to Governor Jeb Bush, the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a law that was rushed through the Legislature last fall to keep a severely brain-damaged woman hooked to a feeding tube.

British Medical Association Policy on Euthanasia
Aug 20, 1970

British Medical Association Policy on Euthanasia

That this Meeting recognises that there is a wide spectrum of views about the issues of physician assisted suicide and euthanasia and strongly opposes any changes in law for the time being.
(1997)

That this Meeting continues to be against the legalisation of euthanasia.
(1995)

That this Meeting categorically rejects the legalisation of euthanasia.
(1993)

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