Education And Debate

Autonomy is important but not as important as the “sanctity of life”

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 24 February 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:504
  1. Jean Harris Hendriks, consultant child and adolescent psychiatrista
  1. a Child and Family Psychiatric Service, Health Centre, Priory Gardens, Dunstable, Bedfordshire

    This is a new dilemma for physicians and Mok and Nelson have made an important contribution to the burgeoning publications on the effects on children of traumatic events.

    Vietnamese boat people, including children, fasted or were fasted (my emphasis), for up to five days. The authors report selected interventions on 57 children under 15 years of age: the implication is that children were presented for treatment by their parents, as the focus is on parental responsibility. …

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