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Living Wills
This paper examines the history of living wills.
# 71795 | 2,925 words | 8 sources | APA | 2005 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2005 in Medical and Health (Public Health Issues) , Aging (Gerontology) , Law (General)

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This paper discusses the history of living wills from their beginning in the late '60s to the present and their importance, which has been recently highlighted by the Terri Schiavo case. The author stresses the Illinois law governing living wills. The paper explores in detail the history of Oregon's assisted suicide law.

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"An American lawyer Louis Kutner proposed living wills in as simple device to allow patients to say no to life-sustaining treatments they did not wish to have even when they were too ill to communicate the fact. Their early use revealed many problems in translating the patients' wishes from the documents into specific actions for doctors to follow regarding medical treatments. The advantages of living wills are they respect a patient's human rights and their right to refuse medical treatment they encourage discussion of end of ..."

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