MEDICAL ETHICS RESOURCES
Truog, Robert D., M.D., and Miller, Franklin G., Ph.D., 2008
The authors challenge the honesty and accuracy of the dead donor rule. They strongly suggest that it is used as a euphemism, and that the time has come to face the relationship between the moment of death and life-saving organ donation. Reprinted courtesy of The New England Journal of Medicine.
Spouses' Effectiveness as End-of-Life Health Care Surrogates: Accuracy, Uncertainty, and Errors of Overtreatment or Undertreatment
Moorman, Sara M., MS, and Carr, Deborah, Ph.D., 2008
Spouses acting as surrogates also have a surprisingly inaccurate grasp of what their spouses wishes really are. The authors explore ways in which clinicians can increase that correlation. Reprinted courtesy of The Gerontologist.
Pruchno et. al., 2008
Some treatment choices using advance directives are more stable over time than others. The authors explore ways in which that correlation can be enhanced. Reprinted courtesy of The Journal of Gerontology.
Aging with Dignity, 2011
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Shalowitz et. al., 2006
Surrogates have a surprisingly inaccurate grasp of what their patients wishes really are. The authors explore ways in which clinicians can increase that correlation. Reprinted courtesy of the American Medical Association.
Quill, Timothy, M.D., 2005
Distortion by interest groups, media hyperbole, and manipulative use of videotape have characterized this case and demonstrate what can happen when a patient be-comes more a precedent-setting symbol than a unique human being. Reprinted courtesy of The New England Journal of Medicine.