Euthanasia, neonates, statutory considerations, medical technology, pharmacology, bio-engineering, mixed blessing, decision problems
Advances in medical technology, discoveries in pharmacology, an developments in bio-engineering have made it possible for the modem physician to save and/or sustain the lives of individuals who but a few decades ago would have died. These developments have proved a mixed blessing. While on the one hand they have allowed the physician to exercise his profession more successfully, on the other they have opened up before him a domain of decision problems that few of his predecessors have had to face. The thrust of these problems may be focussed into a single question: Ought he to employ the techniques, drugs and devices thus at his disposal in all cases, or ought he to proceed selectively?
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E. H. W. Kluge, “The Euthanasia of Radically Defective Neonates: Some Statutory Considerations” (1980-1981) 6:2 DLJ 229.