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A 73-year-old man has an incurable malignant ...

Both legal and ethical

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submitted by m-ice(116),

The most important ethical principle that supersedes all others is autonomy. From an ethical standpoint, this patient has the right to refuse further treatment as he is mentally competent, in this case in the form of having the respiratory removed. From a legal standpoint, the physician is allowed to discontinue treatment for a patient if that is what the patient wants. This is different from situations of physician assisted suicide, which is more complicated and has variable ethics and legality.

rhsteps  isnt this considered physician assisted suicide? +  
johnson  No - treatment is being withdrawn per the mentally competent patient's wishes. m-ice explained it well. +  
johnson  No - treatment is being withdrawn per the mentally competent patient's wishes. m-ice explained it well. +  
johnson  No - treatment is being withdrawn per the mentally competent patient's wishes. m-ice explained it well. +