Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal 26 (4):347-367 (2016)

Ben Bronner
Georgetown University
It is widely believed to be permissible for a physician to discontinue any treatment upon the request of a competent patient. Many also believe it is never permissible for a physician to intentionally kill a patient. I argue that the prospect of deactivating a patient’s artificial heart presents us with a dilemma: either the first belief just mentioned is false or the second one is. Whichever horn of the dilemma we choose has significant implications for contemporary medical ethics.
Keywords artificial heart  cardiac implant  deactivation  withdrawing treatment  killing  letting die  euthanasia
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DOI 10.1353/ken.2016.0034
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