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Profile: Christopher John David Ryan (London Metropolitan University)
  1. C. J. Ryan, T. Shaw & A. W. F. Harris (2010). Body Integrity Identity Disorder: Response to Patrone. Journal of Medical Ethics 36 (3):189-190.
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  2. M. M. Large, C. J. Ryan, O. B. Nielssen & R. A. Hayes (2008). The Danger of Dangerousness: Why We Must Remove the Dangerousness Criterion From Our Mental Health Acts. Journal of Medical Ethics 34 (12):877-881.
    Objectives: The mental health legislation of most developed countries includes either a dangerousness criterion or an obligatory dangerousness criterion (ODC). A dangerousness criterion holds that mentally ill people may be given treatment without consent if they are deemed to be a risk to themselves or others. An ODC holds that mentally ill people may be given treatment without consent only if they are deemed to be a risk to themselves or others. This paper argues that the dangerousness criterion is unnecessary, (...)
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  3. C. J. Ryan (1998). Pulling Up the Runaway: The Effect of New Evidence on Euthanasia's Slippery Slope. Journal of Medical Ethics 24 (5):341-344.
    The slippery slope argument has been the mainstay of many of those opposed to the legalisation of physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia. In this paper I re-examine the slippery slope in the light of two recent studies that examined the prevalence of medical decisions concerning the end of life in the Netherlands and in Australia. I argue that these two studies have robbed the slippery slope of the source of its power--its intuitive obviousness. Finally I propose that, contrary to the warnings (...)
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  4. C. J. Ryan (1996). Betting Your Life: An Argument Against Certain Advance Directives. Journal of Medical Ethics 22 (2):95-99.
    In the last decade the use of advance directives or living wills has become increasingly common. This paper is concerned with those advance directives in which the user opts for withdrawal of active treatment in a future situation where he or she is incompetent to consent to conservative management but where that incompetence is potentially reversible. This type of directive assumes that the individual is able accurately to determine the type of treatment he or she would have adopted had he (...)
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  5. C. J. Ryan, G. de Moore & M. Patfield (1995). Becoming None but Tradesmen: Lies, Deception and Psychotic Patients. Journal of Medical Ethics 21 (2):72-76.
    Is there ever any reason for a doctor to lie to a patient? In this paper, we critically review the literature on lying to patients and challenge the common notion that while lying is unacceptable, a related entity--'benevolent deception' is defensible. Further, we outline a rare circumstance when treating psychotic patients where lying to the patient is justified. This circumstance is illustrated by a clinical vignette.
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