Frederick H Lowy

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The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of changing key factors in survey questions on public opinion regarding end-of-life decisions. These factors were: (a) patient prognosis (likely vs unlikely to recover from the illness); (b) end-of-life practice (foregoing treatment vs assisted suicide vs euthanasia); and (c) and decision making process(More)
Living organ donation should be recognized as an ethical compromise to the principle of nonmaleficence (doing no harm), given the risks healthy donors are allowed to assume. Living organ donation should be reserved for situations in which there is no acceptable alternative. Increasing the availability of cadaveric organs is most desirable, since it would(More)
Forty-one psychiatric consultations on medical-surgical inpatients for competency to refuse medical treatment were studied retrospectively. The competent (n = 16) and incompetent (n = 25) patients were compared in terms of demographic data, diagnoses, clinical variables, details about treatment refusal, and outcome following competency assessment. The(More)
Although bioethical principles such as beneficence, nonmaleficence, and autonomy increasingly guide clinical decision making, in good clinical practice none of these principles is absolute. The authors describe how clinical and ethical issues interact in prioritizing principles in the treatment of suicidal patients. For the acutely suicidal patient,(More)
No analysis of Canadian certification examinations in psychiatry has previously been published although analyses of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and the British Membership examinations are available. Because candidates, directors of residency training, mental health planners and consumers are all interested in who passes and who fails the(More)
The issues involved in selecting a psychiatric chief resident have been examined. Problems associated with this position include poorly defined objectives and role; lack of training for the job; a marginal position at the interface of groups that at times are in conflict, leading to situations of divided loyalties and unrealistic performance expectations.(More)