Withdrawing artificial feeding from children with brain damage

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7017.1437 (Published 25 November 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1437
  1. Alan J Grant
  1. General practitioner Kingsgate Medical Centre, Bathgate, West Lothian EH48 1AZ

    Treatment without benefit is irresponsible

    EDITOR,--Ronald E Cranford revisits the issues surrounding withdrawal of treatment.1 A multiplicity of published articles and many legal case reports on this subject already exist, particularly in the American literature, yet Cranford calls for further debate on the issues and the development of medical, ethical, legal, and social policies to enable us to deal with the process of withdrawing treatment.

    The medical profession does not require …

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