Abstract

It is widely believed to be permissible for a physician to discontinue any treatment upon the request of a competent patient. Many also believe it is never permissible for a physician to intentionally kill a patient. I argue that the prospect of deactivating a patient’s artificial heart presents us with a dilemma: either the first belief just mentioned is false or the second one is. Whichever horn of the dilemma we choose has significant implications for contemporary medical ethics.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-3249
Print ISSN
1054-6863
Pages
pp. 347-367
Launched on MUSE
2017-01-27
Open Access
No
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