Withholding and withdrawing treatment

  • K. D. Rooney
  • N. A. Pace
Conference paper


Many years ago medicine could not offer critically ill patients very much apart from a sympathetic ear and a comforting word. Since then, thanks to technology, the art of medicine has made rapid progress. Today doctors can choose from a vast array of interventions that can keep almost anyone alive, sometimes almost indefinitely. However, despite all the attendant benefits, their greater availability and use has presented medicine and society with unprecedented ethical, legal, and economic dilemmas. The advancement of medicine has become a two-edged sword [2].


Brain Death Double Effect Persistent Vegetative State Moral Difference British Court 
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