Terminating Life-Sustaining Treatment of the Demented


  • Daniel Callahan

    1. The Hastings Center
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    • Daniel Callahan, “Terminating Life-Sustaining Treatment of the Demented,” Hastings Center Report 25, no. 6 (1995): 25–31. This article is derived from a chapter written by the author for Controversies in Ethics in Long Term Care, ed. Leslie S. Libow, MD, Ellen M. Olson, MD and Eileen R. Chichin, DSW (New York: Springer, 1994)


A growing elderly population, dwindling health care resources, and intense and widespread fear of dementia have forced an uncomfortable question: should patients with dementia be slated as off-limits for life-sustaining treatment?