“Allow natural death” is not equivalent to “do not resuscitate”: a response

  title={“Allow natural death” is not equivalent to “do not resuscitate”: a response},
  author={Y-Y Chen and S. Youngner},
  journal={Journal of Medical Ethics},
  pages={887 - 888}
Venneman and colleagues argue that “do not resuscitate” (DNR) is problematic and should be replaced by “allow natural death” (AND). Their argument is flawed. First, while end-of-life discussions should be as positive as possible, they cannot and should not sidestep painful but necessary confrontations with morality. Second, while DNR can indeed be nonspecific and confusing, AND merely replaces one problematic term with another. Finally, the study’s results are not generalisable to the… Expand

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