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A retrospective on Cruzan.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11651557     Owner:  KIE     Status:  MEDLINE    
In 1990, the United States Supreme Court issued a decision in the Cruzan case, the first "right-to-die case" to reach that Court. Prior to the Court's decision, there was wide-spread speculation as to what it would decide and what the impact of the decision would be. Speculation about the impact of the decision intensified after it was announced, with many suggesting that it would prove to be a serious setback to the consensus about the legality of terminating life-sustaining medical treatment that had evolved in the state courts since the Karen Quinlan case ushered in the era of right-to-die litigation in 1976. This article examines a number of aspects of the legal consensus about forgoing life-sustaining treatment that emerged prior to Cruzan and discusses their viability in light both of what Cruzan did and did not decide and in light of subsequent judicial decisions in right-to-die cases. Two years after the Supreme Court's decision, it is apparent that the pre-Cruzan legal consensus is stronger than ever.
Alan Meisel
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Law, medicine & health care : a publication of the American Society of Law & Medicine     Volume:  20     ISSN:  0277-8459     ISO Abbreviation:  Law Med Health Care     Publication Date:  1992  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1993-08-17     Completed Date:  1993-08-17     Revised Date:  2014-03-25    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8205794     Medline TA:  Law Med Health Care     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  340-53     Citation Subset:  E    
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MeSH Terms
Advance Directives
Civil Rights
Decision Making*
Euthanasia, Passive*
Evaluation Studies as Topic*
Government Regulation
Judicial Role*
Mental Competency
Nutritional Support
Personal Autonomy
Reference Standards
Right to Die*
Social Change
Social Control, Formal
State Government
Supreme Court Decisions*
Third-Party Consent
Treatment Refusal
United States
Withholding Treatment*

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