Paternalism

Starving Patients Who Eat Next Stop on Slippery Slope

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No line in bioethics is ever fixed.  Rather, the push to eradicate the boundaries that keep medical professionalism tied to Hippocratic values (sniffed at as “paternalism” by many in the field) continues unabated, with new boundary lines created, consolidated, and then moved again into ever-more extreme territory. Some call this, the “slippery slope.” Case in point: Suicide […]

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Doctors Should Help Patients Choose, Not Manipulate to Force a Choice

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC I am worried that we are going full circle around the bioethical issue informed consent. Where once, patients and families weren’t allowed to decide to stop heroic medical efforts — the dreaded “paternalism,” as it came to be called — today a neo paternalism movement […]

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