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American Medical Association Policy on Withholding or Withdrawing Life-Sustaining Medical Treatment
Aug 20, 1970

American Medical Association Policies: Withholding or Withdrawing Life-Sustaining Medical Treatment

Edito Sobel
Aug 20, 1970

In issue no. 24 of the Swiss doctors’ bulletin for the month of June, the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences presented its first publication on the subject of "Treatment and care of the elderly and dependent" to be consulted by the medical profession. We found several of the points raised in this eleven page document particularly worthy of note.

Chapter 2, regarding the "decision-making process", acknowledges the initial directives and recommends appointing a trusted person as a therapeutic representative.

Australia: Rights of the Terminally Ill Act and associated materials from the Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory
Aug 20, 1970
Draft report on the situation as regards fundamental rights in the European Union (2002)
Aug 20, 1970

On the 3rd September the European Parliament voted to omit from an annual report on fundamental rights an article which raised the issue of assisted dying in Europe. The report on fundamental rights in the European Union in 2002 was prepared on the ‘own-initiative’ of the Committee on Citizen’s Freedoms and Rights, Justice and Home Affairs. Whilst the report is mostly concerned with other human rights issues and abuses, its draft form had contained one article which:

The 21st International Conference on Death and Bereavement
Aug 20, 1970

First announcement of the 21st International Conference on Death and Bereavement, to be held March 23-25, 2004 in Eilat, Israel.

Doctor Convicted in Drug Deaths
Aug 20, 1970

A psychiatrist accused of killing five elderly patients by prescribing fatal doses of morphine was convicted Monday of manslaughter and negligent homicide.

Judge orders Terri Schiavo's feeding tube removed
Aug 20, 1970

After a month of consideration, a judge has once again given his approval to remove the feeding tube from a comatose Pinellas County woman. The decision by Circuit Judge George Greer may clear the way for Terri Schiavo to die.

'Death with dignity' bill gets broad panel approval
Aug 20, 1970

The Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee yesterday approved a bill enabling anyone over the age of 18 to sign a statement instructing physicians not to extend their lives by artificial means if they stand no chance of recovery.

Now 38 societies in 23 countries
Aug 20, 1970

President's report by Michael Irwin MD.

ACLU-NC Supports Man's Right to End Life Support
Aug 20, 1970

On October 10, the ACLU-NC filed an amicus brief in the California Supreme Court supporting Robert Wendland, a man on life-support, who had previously asserted his desire not to be sustained artificially by medical technology.

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