Massachusetts Medical Society
Almost two decades ago, Dr. Franz J. Ingelfinger predicted that if physicians kept turning to the courts “to resolve essentially medical matters,” the medical profession's unfortunate “dependence on the lawyer in reaching essentially medical decisions will continue”1. One can argue about what decisions are “essentially medical,” but the trend that worried Dr. Ingelfinger has continued, and now physicians and a hospital have sought legal and judicial guidance about how -- and whether -- to treat an anencephalic infant known as Baby K.
George J. Annas,
Asking the Courts to Set the Standard of Emergency Care - The Case of Baby K,
New England Journal of Medicine
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