The audience assembled represents a large cross section of individuals committed to health care: physicians, nurses, social workers, hospital administrators, lawyers, and the ministry. Most of you have read of the “Baby Doe” regulations and their implications for the care of severely handicapped newborns. It will be helpful to review the chronological events leading to these regulations and their present status. I should then like to consider why these are such difficult ethical dilemmas. As a physician practicing at the bedside, I shall be describing a perspective on these issues from the standpoint of the physician’s role in the decision-making process.
KeywordsDown Syndrome Federal Regulation Passive Euthanasia Federal District Court Chronological Event
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