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A third party to speak for the terminally ill

A third party to speak for the terminally ill

Doctors and nurses in cases involving medically futile treatment often clash with a patient’s loved ones over whether to continue that treatment. An extrajudicial process, however, allows both sides to appeal to a committee of physicians, nurses, community representatives and other caregivers, a medical ethicist told an audience at pediatric grand rounds in September.The Texas Advanced Directives Act of 1999, the first statewide attempt to resolve such disputes, has created “a legal safe harbor,” said Robert L. Fine, M.D., director of the Office of Clinical Ethics at Baylor Health Care System. When a case is deemed futile, it may go before...

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TB, an Atlanta lawyer and 52 South African patients

TB, an Atlanta lawyer and 52 South African patients

At first glance a diagnosis of tuberculosis seems to be all that unites Andrew Speaker, an Atlanta...

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Seeking a national solution to health care for all

Seeking a national solution to health care for all

Medicine is witnessing the best and worst of times because of the “staggering difference” between...

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Speeding the pace of biomarker discovery

Speeding the pace of biomarker discovery

Biomarkers that identify cancer in its early and more treatable stages have emerged as the newest...

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