Man wins battle to keep receiving life support: Pro-choice living wills are essential

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7464.515 (Published 26 August 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:515
  1. Michael H K Irwin, retired general practitioner (michael-hk.irwin@virgin.net)
  1. Hove BN3 3EH

    EDITOR—Leslie Burke's High Court case shows how necessary it is today to develop extensively the concept of the pro-choice living will.1

    In the past, the typical living will (also known as an advance directive, an advance refusal, or an advance statement) only allowed patients to …

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