Bioethics and religious bodies: refusal of blood transfusions in Germany.

@article{Rajtar2013BioethicsAR,
  title={Bioethics and religious bodies: refusal of blood transfusions in Germany.},
  author={Małgorzata Rajtar},
  journal={Social science & medicine},
  year={2013},
  volume={98},
  pages={271-7}
}
The refusal of medical treatment is a recurrent topic in bioethical debates and Jehovah's Witnesses often constitute an exemplary case in this regard. The refusal of a potentially life-saving blood transfusion is a controversial choice that challenges the basic medical principle of acting in patients' best interests and often leads physicians to adopt paternalistic attitudes toward patients who refuse transfusion. However, neither existing bioethical nor historical and social sciences… CONTINUE READING
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