Why I Don't Have a Living Will

  title={Why I Don't Have a Living Will},
  author={Jean Daly Lynn},
  journal={Law, Medicine and Health Care},
  pages={101 - 104}
  • J. Lynn
  • Published 1 March 1991
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Law, Medicine and Health Care
For a dozen years, my clinical practice has been largely with dying patients, my academic pursuits have focused on medical ethics, and my public service has been mostly at the interface of medicine and law. One would think that I would have “done the right thing” long ago and signed a living will. I have not. This essay is meant to illuminate my reasons. Some of my reasons may apply to others, and I will also mention some concerns that affect others but not me. However, I do not oppose the… 

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