Joan Mclver Gibson, Thomasine Kimbrough Kushner
- Have hospital ethics committees become too successful? Consider a
case reported by a hospital in the midwest, whose well-established
ethics committee has worked closely with physicians over the past decade
in deciding when and whether to forgo life-sustaining treatment. For
eight years the hospital has operated with a Do Not Resuscitate (DNR)
policy that has enjoyed physician support and has, up until now, not
presented any real problems. . .
Accounts of torture and other human rights abuses
reach us daily through the news media. Amnesty International, the recipient
of the 1977 Nobel peace prize for its human rights efforts, reports that in
the past four years alone governments in one third of the world's countries
have systematically practiced or tacitly condoned torture or ill-treatment
to interrogate, punish, and intimidate political opponents. The techniques
they use may include electric shock, prolonged beatings, sham executions,
sensory and sleep deprivation, cigarette burns, water submersion, and, more
recently, mind-altering drugs. For the victims - whether imprisoned in a
secret detention center in Santiago or in a special psychiatric hospital in
Moscow - such brutality knows no ideology because its goal is the same: to
silence dissent through the destruction of healthy bodies and minds.The
problem of torture should be a concern of medical professionals worldwide
for several reasons. . .
Piesse B. Nurse & the law.
The anatomy of
conscience. Aust Nurses J 1986 Sep;16(3):53-4, 61 PMID: 3638962
- What is my potential liability and what should I do? Such are the
preludes to the frequent pleas from nurses on a variety of issues. The
queries raised by your problems are appreciated. Not only do they
inspire me but they help give this feature its practical direction, so
please continue to write to tbe 'Journal'.
A glance at a range of nursing journals reveals a growing awareness
not only of the legal implications of nursing practice but also of the
ethical dilemmas faced by nurses in their patient care, such as the
choice between unsatisfactory alternatives. . .
Vasques MM. [Conscientious objection] Servir 1986
[Article in Portuguese] PMID: 3101194
the objection of conscience. Nouv Com Int Cathol Infirm Assist Med Soc 1986;(2-3):99-103 PMID: 3645499