Distinguishing between Patients' Refusals and Requests

Authors

  • Bernard Gert,

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    • Bernard Gert is Eunice and Julian Cohen Professor for the Study of Ethics and Human Values, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H.

    • Bernard Gert, James L. Bernat, and R. Peter Mogielnicki, “Distinguishing between Patients' Refusals and Requests,” Hastings Center Report 24, no. 4 (1994): 13–15.

  • James L. Bernat,

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    • James L. Bernat is chief of the neurology section at the V.A. Medical Center, White River Junction, Vt., and professor of medicine at Dartmouth Medical School

    • Bernard Gert, James L. Bernat, and R. Peter Mogielnicki, “Distinguishing between Patients' Refusals and Requests,” Hastings Center Report 24, no. 4 (1994): 13–15.

  • R. Peter Mogielnicki

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    • R. Peter Mogielnicki is chief of the medical service at the V.A. Medical Center, White River Junction, Vt., and professor of medicine at Dartmouth Medical School.

    • Bernard Gert, James L. Bernat, and R. Peter Mogielnicki, “Distinguishing between Patients' Refusals and Requests,” Hastings Center Report 24, no. 4 (1994): 13–15.


Abstract

To speak of patients' choices is to obscure the distinction between request and refusal of treatment. The distinction is particularly crucial for questions of killing or letting die.

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