Legislating Medical Ethics

A Study of the New York State Do-Not-Resuscitate Law

  • Robert Baker
  • Martin A. Strosberg
  • Jonathan Bynum

Part of the Philosophy and Medicine book series (PHME, volume 48)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. The Task Force and the Law

  3. The DNR Controversy in New York State

  4. Case Studies

  5. Research

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 213-213
    2. Robert Zussman
      Pages 215-225
    3. Russell S. Kamer, John A. McClung
      Pages 227-234
    4. Judith C. Ahronheim, Sathya Maheswaran, Carl Rosenberg
      Pages 235-240
    5. Robert Baker, Martin A. Strosberg, Josef Schmee, I. Alan Fein, Virginia Jonas Dersch, Jonathan Bynum et al.
      Pages 263-301
  6. Retrospection and Reflection

  7. Appendices: The Genealogy of New York State’s Do-Not-Resuscitate Law

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 347-347
    2. New York Public Health Law
      Pages 349-367
    3. President’s Commission for the Study of Ethical Problems in Medicine and Biomedical and Behavioral Research
      Pages 371-379
    4. Medical Society of the State of New York, New York State Department of Health, Hospital Association of New York State
      Pages 415-438
    5. Robert Baker, Martin A. Strosberg, Larry Digiulio
      Pages 439-444
    6. New York State Legislature
      Pages 445-454
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 455-471

About this book


Can medical ethics be legislated? Can a complex bioethical question be definitively answered through legislation? In July 1987 the New York State legislature experimented with legislating medical ethics by amending the state's public health law to regulate `Do Not Resuscitate' orders. The consequent law was complex and remains controversial. This volume reviews both the background bioethical debates and the elements of the public policy making process that are essential to understanding New York's experience with the DNR law. It features debates between leading exponents and critics of the law; case studies that examine the impact of New York's DNR law on clinicians, hospitals and patients; and a review of all empirical studies of the law by their lead authors. Appended to the volume is the New York State DNR law and a comprehensive set of background documents.
The co-editors, Robert Baker and Martin A. Strosberg, are both professors at Union College, Schenectady, New York. They have collaborated on many projects including, Rationing America's Medical Care: The Oregon Plan and Beyond (Brookings, 1992).


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Editors and affiliations

  • Robert Baker
    • 1
  • Martin A. Strosberg
    • 2
  • Jonathan Bynum
    • 3
  1. 1.Dept. of PhilosophyUnion CollegeSchenectadyUSA
  2. 2.Graduate Management InstituteUnion CollegeSchenectadyUSA
  3. 3.Dept. of PhilosophyRutgers UniversityNew BrunswickUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1995
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-4438-9
  • Online ISBN 978-94-015-8593-4
  • Series Print ISSN 0376-7418
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