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The case of Ms B: suicide's slippery slope?
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12161577     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In the case of Ms B, the High Court ruled that as Ms B was a competent adult patient, her doctors acted unlawfully in overriding her refusal of life-preserving ventilation. This commentary considers whether this case supports the proposition that in English law the right to refuse treatment extends even to refusals which are clearly suicidal.
J Keown
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comment; Journal Article; Legal Cases    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of medical ethics     Volume:  28     ISSN:  0306-6800     ISO Abbreviation:  J Med Ethics     Publication Date:  2002 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-08-05     Completed Date:  2002-09-23     Revised Date:  2008-11-20    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7513619     Medline TA:  J Med Ethics     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  238-9     Citation Subset:  E; IM    
Law Faculty, University of Cambridge, 10 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DZ, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Euthanasia, Passive / legislation & jurisprudence*
Great Britain
Mental Competency
Respiration, Artificial
Right to Die / legislation & jurisprudence*
Treatment Refusal / legislation & jurisprudence*
Comment On:
J Med Ethics. 2002 Aug;28(4):215-8   [PMID:  12161567 ]
Comment In:
J Med Ethics. 2002 Aug;28(4):211-2   [PMID:  12161565 ]

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