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When Parents Say No to Medical Treatment for their Children

We asked three of four Center faculty to look at some recent cases involving parents’ refusal or unwillingness to seek medical treatment for their sick children. We were interested in learning more about the intersection of law and medicine, and the ethical dimensions of autonomy and beneficence when minors are involved. We present the cases first, follow with a general overview, and then conclude with the panel's discussion.

Also: Ethics consult FAQs and President's council on Bioethics

Read the May 2009 Bioethics in Brief newsletter

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Bioethics in Brief is a newsletter of the Center for Bioethics and Humanities, committed to promoting clinical health care and health policy which is patient-centered, compassionate, and just. Opinions expressed in the newsletter are those of the authors and do not represent the position of the Center.

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