New York State’s Do-Not-Resuscitate Law

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


When asked about the impact of the French Revolution on the twentieth century, Arnold Toynbee said that it is too early to tell. I think that, with respect to the New York State Do-Not-Resuscitate [DNR] Law, what I hope is that it’s a little too early to tell what the impact has been. We are in the process of evolution of a very major departure in the way in which government deals with moral and ethical issues. I say that not lightly, because I think that the precedents which have been established by the New York State Task Force on Life and The Law have really set a standard for dealing with some major moral and ethical issues that concern the entire U.S.


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