Medicine And The Media

The patient's dilemma

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 20 January 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:190
  1. Heather Draper

    “When somebody sees the programme, they will judge us. They will say that we went to court to murder our son. I feel great pain about that, I really do.”

    But no one watching “The Ultimate Decision” should say that Mr Cole went to court to murder his son, and this is obvious without reference to any fine distinctions between killing and letting die or between murder and justified killing. The programme is the second in a series featuring the dilemmas raised by advances in medical technology. An accident left 22 year old Daniel Cole in a persistent vegetative state but also requiring ventilation. Daniel's parents' dilemma was whether or not to stop ventilation, knowing …

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