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Answer 3

From Jerri: Your personalizing of this makes no sense. It’s as if you are saying that–if the medical community’s ethics are questioned in any way–that’s an attack on the community. We live in a free society and everyone is entitled to their opinion on what medical ethics should be. That said, the medical profession’s opinion … Continue reading

Answering 2

Jerri Lynn Ward responded to my response: First, I did not accuse YOU of breaking a federal law. If you are receiving information from someone in the hospital, THEY are breaking federal law and not you. Second, the ethics committee does have conflicts of interest whether you want to acknowledge it or not–and there ARE … Continue reading

“Living Life’s End”

The title is from a 2005 essay by Gilbert Meilaender in First Things. Not surprisingly, Dr. Meilaender speaks with much more clarity than I ever could in discussing the sort of dilemma that we face when considering the baby, Emilio Gonzales, and the treatment vs. the care he is to receive from his doctors, his … Continue reading

More on Texas end of life case

A reader, unfortunately, shows us the other extreme of the end of life debate. However, she missed the point entirely. Our discussion about the end of Emilio’s life is a debate about conscience, laws, and whether because doctors are licensed by the State, they abdicate their duty to act in the patient’s best interest. It … Continue reading

Leigh’s Disease (Long post on end of life and baby Emilio Gonzales)

(EDIT, May 31, 2014: It has come to my attention that this post is referenced in a book on bioethics. If you have come from that book, remember that (although I’ve done my best to be accurate) this is a blog, not a peer-reviewed scientific article. Be sure and read all the comments at the … Continue reading

Debate On Ethics

After several days of discussion about a baby that Texas lawyer Jerri Ward asked Wesley Smith to blog about on Secondhand Smoke, I have been asked “How can you be a doctor and not know this about what passes for ethics nowadays?” Because I have a different understanding “about what passes for ethics nowadays.” I … Continue reading

There’s (Still) No “Futile Care Act” in Texas

I keep running across news articles like this one in the Dallas Morning News (free subscription required) which claim that Texas has some sort of “futile care” law. There is no such thing as a “Futile Care Law” in Texas and never has been. (Previous LifeEthics posts include several in April, 2006.) There is a … Continue reading

>Short course (long post) on medical ethics.

> Are doctors killing patients or taking life when they withdraw or withhold care? Do families who don’t insist that “everything be done” kill their loved one? Do patients who refuse ventilators, dialysis, etc., commit suicide? For that matter, does a ventilator equal dialysis equal a feeding tube? Can the patient who refuses all attempts … Continue reading

Not a Texas “Futile Care” Case?

I think our heart strings are being pulled for the wrong reasons in the case of a Dallas woman. I don’t believe that the case is covered by the Texas Advanced Care Act. I wonder whether the doc was forced to admit that Mrs. Webster is a “long term care patient” that has a chronic … Continue reading

More on the Texas Advance Directive Act (NOT “Futile”)

Jerri Lynn Ward and I have been discussing the Act, here. I found out that Dr. Findley has done some good deeds, too. Here’s a story about a patient he helped. Middleton said she wasn’t thinking of an aneurysm when she scheduled her September physical. She just wanted to get checked out before switching jobs … Continue reading

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