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OBJECTIVE Our purpose was to clarify the roles of parents and caregivers in making decisions for resuscitation of near-viable infants. STUDY DESIGN We present two cases and review ethical and legal issues involved in making decisions for near-viable infants. RESULTS Medical responsibility for the infant shifts at birth from obstetrics to neonatology.(More)
The authors consider current theories of personhood and personal identity as they relate to the Alzheimer disease (AD) patient, and evaluate their usefulness in clinical contexts. Differing conclusions about the weight advance directives should be given in decision making for seriously demented patients suggest that the philosophical presuppositions that(More)
The Academy-Award winning 1950 Japanese movie Rashomon depicts an incident involving an outlaw, a rape or seduction of a woman, and a murder or suicide of her husband. A passer-by, who is also the narrator, explains how the story is told to officials from four different perspectives: that of the outlaw, the woman, the husband and himself. The four(More)
Most organizations and/or their sub-units like ethics programs want to acquire the knowledge, skills and other resources needed to achieve their goals efficiently and effectively. Thus, they want to acquire or develop needed "capacity." But there are pre-conditions to building capacity that are often overlooked or forgotten, but which nevertheless, must be(More)