In the November 2012 Mayo Clinic Proceedings, anesthesiologists Christopher Burkle and Jeffre Benson provide a nice overview of present systems existing in the United States and Canada for resolving end-of-life decisions, including the difficulty in defining medical futility, the role of medical ethics committees, and controversies involving surrogate decision making. They use the recent Barnes and Maraachli cases to highlight the difficulties surrounding medical futility conflicts. Best of all, the authors cite me about 50 times in their seven page article.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
End-of-Life Care Decisions: Importance of Reviewing Systems and Limitations After 2 Recent North American Cases
Thaddeus Mason Pope is Director of the Health Law Institute and Professor of Law and at Mitchell Hamline School of Law in Saint Paul, Minnesota. <> <> He is also an Adjunct Professor with the Australian Centre for Health Law Research at Queensland University of Technology; Adjunct Associate Professor with the Alden March Bioethics Institute at Albany Medical College; and Visiting Professor of Medical Jurisprudence at St. Georges University. <> <> Professor Pope is an internationally recognized expert in bioethics and medical ethics. He has over 120 publications in: leading medical journals, law reviews, bar journals, nursing journals, bioethics journals, and book chapters. He also coauthors the definitive 1500-page treatise The Right to Die: The Law of End-of-Life Decisionmaking.