Medicine And The Media

…and living wills

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6981.747 (Published 18 March 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:747
  1. Alex Paton

    In “Whose Death is it Anyway?” the histories of four living patients were selected to develop the thesis that advance directives (living wills) are, in the view of the caring and thoughtful Dr Christina Williams of the Royal Hospital for Neuro-Disability, “potentially dangerous …as presently envisaged.”

    Christine Darley-Jones (46) had been a bright and successful city executive until a medical accident during a minor operation left her brain damaged, doubly incontinent, totally dependent, and fed by stomach tube. Eight months …

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