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K. J. George

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Chapter 12: Paternalistic Decisions for the Comate and Dying Aged: A Neo-Vedantic Perspective

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Paternalistic Decisions for the Comate and Dying Aged: A Neo-Vedantic Perspective
Paternalistic decisions for the comate and dying aged: A neo-vedantic perspective
K.J.George

Both physicians and relatives of the comate or the dying claim the right to decide to either terminate or prolong the life of the afflicted on their behalf. Physicians are looked upon as better judges on life-issues owing to their expertise; relatives seem to have the legitimate rights over the lives of those dying. These decisions are called ‘paternalistic’, as they seem to be protective, compassionate and benevolent. In extreme cases, paternalistic decisions are in conflict with the interests of those dying. In general, the debate on paternalistic decisions is related to diseases and old age. It is argued, on slippery grounds, that the ...

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